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Sunday, July 29, 2007

 
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today i biked to the lent's farmer's market! i'm very destination-driven when it comes to biking: if i don't have a destination i tend to want to quit much sooner. in this case, it meant i kept going despite the rain that appeared halfway through the trip. i was delighted that it was cloudy this morning because i have been biking after the sun has gone down, primarily because it's cooler. but i wasn't prepared for rain. fortunately it was a short burst that ended by the time i reached the farmer's market; once i wiped off my glasses, i was fine.

i admit to being a little disappointed: there are probably about six booths at the market that have veggies, food & flowers, and three more community-oriented booths. one of the booths sells tamales, which i really wanted to love; little would have delighted me more than the thought of a sunday ritual that included biking to the farmer's market for tamales and bringing them home for lunch. i'll probably keep going regularly, even if the selection is meager, because if nobody goes they'll stop having one, and i want to help it grow.



i came home w/ (from top left) snow peas (i had meant to get snap peas), blueberries, tamales, basil & nasturtium blossoms. i got 4 tamales total, one of each kind, and i was very happy that half of them were vegetarian so sven could share. you might not think it was worth a bike ride to get this, but i still think it's exciting, and it keeps me eating local.

so it turns out i can make the entire trip there & back, including the time spent at the market (and a very brief detour to buy a darth vader mask for sven at a garage sale), in an hour. i made a mistake and thought the market was on holgate & 92nd, which meant i travelled down holgate today, but it turns out to be on foster & 92nd, which means i can take the springwater corridor trail most of the way the next time.

Comments:
I am very goal oriented while biking as well. I agree that I find I will go farther and longer the more distant my goal is. I am the same with walking as well. I don't find that I am the the kind of person that can just take a stroll with no end point. Sigh.
 
even if my goal isn't a do-something destination, like "the sheep bench" or "milemarker 5" or "where the road turns to gravel," it lets me turn my brain off more effectively and enjoy the ride more, instead of always asking myself, "should i turn back now? how about now?"
 
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