Fifteen fabulous girls came out to ride yesterday despite 27C heat! First we met at Edmonton Bicycle Commuters’ Bikeworks. A journalist from Metro Edmonton and a photographer for the Edmonton Journal met us there and took some photos while we did a lap through the back alley.
I would like to point out that Miss Sarah is riding without her customary helmet because she lent it, along with a bicycle, to a pregnant visitor from Vancouver so she could join the ride! Do follow the link to her blog, she has all kinds of beautiful photos documenting our outfits that were taken with a better camera and better eye than Angel or I possess. That’s me in the polkadot helmet right behind Sarah; Angel is in black helmet and blue skirt toward the back of the other line.
Then we headed off to Ritchie Park (with some water and koolaid from EBC for the players) to watch some of the Velo Polo match. There wasn’t much happening when we arrived.
Soon a game was started. It looks so cool! I think I’d need a much nimbler bike for the quick stops and starts and a lot of practice to play.
There wasn’t enough shade at the hockey rink where polo was being played, so before long we were off again. We rode on residential streets down to the bike path on Saskatchewan Drive, at the top of our city’s beautiful river valley.
Poplar fluff snowed down on us as we made our way to the bicycle bottleneck at the end of the High Level Bridge.
We crossed busy 109th Street on the crosswalk, then parked beside Transcend Coffee’s new Garneau location.
Iced coffee was the order of the day. A few of the girls also popped into Da Capo for ice cream. I think next time I’m in the University area, I will too.
Then we hung out beside Garneau School’s playground and chatted and took photos.
Some people had to leave at this point, but a few of us took the residential streets of Old Strathcona…
…to our final destination, Fuss Cupcakes. Mmmm, cupcakes, gelato, and Italian sodas.
We spent time both outside and in. Our bikes were all nested and locked together. One guy walking by told us, “Gangs are illegal you know!” What, even when they’re as beautifully dressed as we were?
Speaking of beautifully dressed, I do regret that I didn’t get any better photos of my outfit or anyone else’s in my excitement (Luckily Miss Sarah did.). I wore these brand-new heels…
…and I can attest that it really is easier to ride in heels than walk in them! I also wore the Missy Skirt in eggplant from Nomads Hemp Wear, who are carried locally by both Bedouin Beats on 118th St and Lucid Lifestyle on Whyte Ave. Being a bellydancer, I also have several of their ingeniously seamed yoga-style pants and tanks, and the hemp-blend fabric that they use is super comfy and breathable for summertime wear. The ruffles on the skirt’s hem weighed it down so it didn’t flip up while I was riding at all. I’m a huge fan (in fact I’m wearing their capri pants as I write this). I was also wearing a teal cotton-jersey blouse from the Gap and a red-violet cotton-jersey cardigan, which was quickly swapped out for sunscreen. But not enough of it. Ouch.
Update: Coreen has more sweet photos of the ride up on her blog, Breaking Chains and Taking Lanes!