We biked 25 miles today, from our house to the University of Portland and back again. We also biked 15 miles around town last monday, and then to and from school friday. As it turns out, we live at the top of a hill, and no matter how hard I might wish it, there is no other way to get back home than to go up at some point. It is nice overall though. There are all kinds of places in Portland that I probably would never see otherwise, and unlike whizzing by in a car, we catch funny things. We knew before we moved here that everyone in Portland with a home of their own is allowed to have three chickens, but we finally saw someone out walking one recently while riding by. That was interesting. We also managed to see people playing in a public city fountain that doubles as a water park, and the setting up of the coming Rose Festival. These are all things that would escape us otherwise. However, my sore bum isn't sure all the sightseeing is really worth it.
Anyway, we are doing this to find paths to all the places we will both have to be over the coming year. We will have to use our bikes as much as we can to compensate for our one car and the many, many places that we have agreed to both be over the next few months. They are not near each other, and our timing overlaps. We are good planners like that.
So that is really all that we have been up to. Sergio starts summer class tomorrow, and then work on Friday. I continue at Portland State for the next two and half weeks and then start at Lewis and Clark. At that point, Sergio and I are not likely to see each other without advanced planning until next May. I think it will be Eliot who suffers the most.
Here are some new pictures I got in the mail on Saturday.
"You there, push my cart and obey my orders..."
"...for I have these two magnificent teeth, a winning smile,..."
"...and surprisingly little body fat for a 10 month old. Seriously, check out these calves."