May 22, 2014

will bike for food. will not swim.

One of my favorite things is when Riley comes up with an idea for a date night.  Especially if it's a good idea.  If he thinks he might need to do some convincing, he usually tries the "and you can blog about it" tactic.  Fortunately, I didn't need any convincing. Well, not at first, anyway.

Ever since Jekyll Island, when I got back on a bike for the first time in maybe a decade, I've been looking forward to picking it up as a hobby.  Riley, as usual, is already about a million steps ahead of me.  Even before we were back from our sailing trip he had decided he was going to get into mountain biking at full force.  Sure enough, just a few days into life back on land and he had himself on a mountain biking team and a rigorous training schedule.  That's not quite what I had in mind…

But that's okay, he's still willing to use his "off days" to pedal around the city on a road bike with this amateur.  So, his idea for date night last week was to take a ride on one of the beautiful Roanoke Valley Greenways all the way to the Wasena City Tap Room.  It really was a great idea, in theory.  The weather was perfect, and the greenway, which I had yet to explore, is a nice, easy, and scenic ride around town.  

It was getting to be a little past dinner time and we were almost to the restaurant when we suddenly came upon this:

Just a little bit of flooding, right?

Since neither one of us really felt like swimming our bikes across the flood zone, Riley thought maybe we could just crawl up the bank and take our bikes down the railroad tracks.  Umm… this was not quite what I had pictured when I thought about riding bikes in the city.

After a few minutes of beating back bushes with my face, Riley pointed out that we'd still end up on the wrong side of the river. It was time to admit defeat. So, back we went.

Fortunately, this date night adventure ended well, and with dinner.  We rode back the way we came and then drove to dinner.  Really, it was probably for the best since I was able to remove all of the leaves and bugs from my hair and before sitting down at the table.


Have you had any date night adventures lately?


11 comments:

  1. Ha! Best of intentions. At least it looks like those train tracks don't get a whole lot of use!

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  2. Was this last week after the flooding?! That's what I drove through on my way to work the next morning! At least it made for a good story before dinner :)

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  3. Oh, this is great! I love that your hubby said "and you can blog about it".... I am so glad that you finally got dinner! Sounds like such an eventful and fun evening!

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  4. That sounds really awesome!! We haven't had any date adventures recently. We had a picnic on the campus lawn but nothing too exciting. We try to have picnics a lot as our date nights because its inexpensive and it makes us feel like we are actually doing something.

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    1. Picnics are such a wonderful idea! It really only takes a little change, like eating outside together, to make something ordinary feel a little more special!

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  5. Lol! That is too funny! Glad you guys made the best of it! Sounds like fun! :)

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  6. No dinner is worth swimming in dirty water for, good thing is you did blog about it! ;)

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  7. Sounds like a lot of work for dinner! Hope it was a delicious meal :-)

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    1. Haha, definitely a little more work than anticipated! Thankfully though, the trail itself is easy, it was really only the bushwhacking through train tracks that took some effort!

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  8. Haha! Too cute. It was a great idea...that pesky flood zone had to get in the way though.

    Always an adventure, right?

    -Amy

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    1. Haha, it sure is! It really was a great idea, so I have a feeling we'll be trying it again soon!

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