30 Days of Biking, Day 18: Sunshine

Seattle waterfront Ferris wheel, looking up from inside one of the cars

I didn’t ride the Ferris wheel on the Seattle waterfront today–just looked at it as I walked and thought it was a perfect day for it. This shot is from another day when we took our younger kids to ride.

Maybe I’m not supposed to tell because there’s a big secret community strategy to keep people from moving to Seattle, but I actually enjoy quite a bit of sunshine living here. What was it I said yesterday? “If you don’t like the weather, just wait.”

Today certainly rewarded that attitude. After an absolute downpour yesterday — only magic allowed me to work in a ride during the one tiny rainless break in the day — today absolutely sparkled.

That wasn’t a sure thing in the morning. Looking out the windows after breakfast when the time came to decide whether my trip to work would be fueled by calories or by my Orca card, the sky gave me what looked like a 50-50 chance of testing those new mud flaps. Clouds scudded by rapidly overhead and the branches of the tree in the backyard fluttered.

In one direction blue sky lay behind the clouds, in another what looked like a front moving in. Certainly wouldn’t have pegged “sunshine” as the word of the day at that point. I set off on the bike, telling my husband, “Well, I’ll start riding and if it ends up raining and I don’t like it, I can always get on a bus. Hey, remind me to mail my Metro ballot so I can still say that after next week.”

The farther I rode, the brighter it got. By the time I finished the 10.5 or so miles to work it was full-on sunny and it stayed that way all day, tempting me out of the office for a lunchtime walk along the waterfront to enjoy it some more and think about how fun it would be to ride the Ferris wheel if I had time. The paths and sidewalks along the waterfront thronged with people soaking up some Vitamin D and a group of 6 or 8 people rolled past me on a Segway tour, wobbling only a little as they practiced on the big open wooden decking near the big wheel.

Sunny Seattle — quite a transformation from yesterday!

 

Day 18 in the 30 Days of Biking, 30 Words, 30 Pictures series. Why a series? Why not?

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  • Did today’s bike ride give you a dose of the sunshine that gives you Vitamin D, or was it that liquid sunshine where you live? 

 

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