Getting out for the first time

Posted by Ted on Feb 26, 2009 in Biking

Today I decided to take advantage of the nice afternoon and go for my first ride. I’m not used to living in such a 3-D space, and will definitely use up brake pads quicker here.

I set out in search of Lake Merritt. Without a map and only a vague direction, I completely missed it, but enjoyed getting lost and ended up riding through part of Piedmont Park. After deciding to backtrack a bit, I ended up passing Montano Velo, where I picked up a local bike map.

So armed, I finally found the lake and the bikeway around it, before heading back home. Just over 21 kilometers in 90 minutes with an average speed of 14 kph. The best part of the ride though, was seeing confirmation that moving was the right decision, and that here is now home;

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An adventurer at heart, Ted Beatie is at his happiest when he’s off the beaten path. His deepest passion is sharing the world through photography and writing, found at The Pocket Explorer. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.


Feb 27, 2009 at 2:15 am

Yes, welcome to California, which is a much younger place geologically. There hasn’t been as much time to wear down the features of the terrain as there was here. Glad to hear you’re getting out and exploring, though.

Feb 27, 2009 at 3:04 am

Awesome!!! Glad you got to get out and enjoy some of that delicious sun!

Liz and I walked nearly 5 miles, so we got ample time to soak up the Vitamin D!

Feb 27, 2009 at 4:19 am

I’m happy you are both getting out and about and exploring. That’s so much fun in a new place. I find it interesting how the powers that be sometimes let you know you are in the right spot… I mean really, a street sign with the name AND the proper spelling!

Feb 27, 2009 at 2:12 pm

how cool – finding the sign on your wandering :)

Feb 28, 2009 at 2:23 am

Looks like a nice ride….and Beatie St is awesome :) You’ll have to take me there when I come down :)

Feb 28, 2009 at 11:36 am

You know, I was going to be an ass and point out that there are Beatie Streets everywhere, including Massachusetts. So I did a search. There is a North Beatie Street in Webster, Missouri, but the only Beatie Street is there in Alameda. I guess you’re right! ;)