Last week, my closest friend from Physical Therapy school, Louise, came into town with her family, David and Colleen. I was really excited because, not only has it been years since we have seen each other, but because they wanted to rent bicycles to get around town. The City was insane and the fact that they were willing to brave the hundreds of thousands of people who came into town (no exaggeration, it was a mad house) made me love them all even more! They live near Napa in a small, quiet town with one road in, which is the same road out- no 300,000 people a day flowing through.
Cameron and Colleen met one another for the first time when they were three. After about a minute of shyness, they were instant friends. When Louise and I found out they had become "Facebook friends" we each had a giggle. The two of them started talking immediately upon Colleen's arrival. It was fun to watch the kids continue a life long friendship, especially doing something so definitively kid like as ride a bicycle on a sunny day.
Colleen was not pleased about the helmet. I am sure the screaming yellow didn't help, but that is the law in California, so she submitted with grace. I think she is the cutest girl in a yellow helmet, ever.
As I said,the City was insane. Fleet Week, Farmer's Market, music festivals, food truck parties.... and riding along the waterfront was a little like a war zone. There were so many pedestrians (and idiot motorcycle riders with stupidly loud modified tail pipes) in the bicycle lane, it was better for all of us to just take a lane and go from there. I was worried that my guests would be overwhelmed by the whole thing, but they just kept pedaling along looking at he circus around them!
Louise, especially, liked seeing the sights and gliding around. The whole time we were riding there were stunt flyers in the air above us. I would love to get her down here on a calmer day to ride around and see some sights, I know she's game. She just glided through the crazy mess like it was nothing (wonder why we are friends?).
I love having friends in town, especially when they are up for something fun like riding around.