Transplant Athlete
Friday, March 16, 2007
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I had a magical day with Q and RJ yesterday, it was a perfect day to ride, so we bought Q to school on the bike. RJ and I picked up Q at preschool and rolled down to the Sugarland Run Stream Valley Park. The plan was to ride to the W&OD, stop at the Post Office for stamps, and then the Great Harvest Bread Company for some free slices before heading home. Immediately after we crossed Elden Street, I noticed two Beaver Dams on Sugarland Run, so I pulled over and let the kids out. I didn't see their lodge, but there was a tree in the water upriver a ways that looked a bit like a dam. The kids had a blast and it was tough to get them back in the trailer. A little Just before the W&OD, there was what looked like another dam in progress, with just a bit of water spilling through the center, so we pulled over for that one as well.

As we started up the incline to the W&OD, I realized there was another cyclist right behind us, he waited til we reached the top of the overpass on the W&OD before passing us, which wasn't the best idea, I may be slow going up pulling a trailer, but on the way down with all the extra weight, I'm pretty fast. Within a half mile we were on his wheel all the way to Spring Street. We stopped at the Post Office and after taking a left on Grove Street and then a quick right onto a little trail we were back on the W&OD.

Q and RJ got slices at GHBCo and then we got a free loaf of Apple Scrapple bread which is remarkably addictive. They have a buy 12 get one free program. I'm thinking of sending some bread to my cousin Joe in Iraq. I just shipped him a package with Powerbars and those individual packages of cereal (Froot Loops, Corn Pops, Apple Jacks, etc).


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