Inman Park Fest/ Wire Miniature Bicylces
Ethan and I were at the Inman Park Festival yesterday, which I have to admit that I enjoyed WAY more than this year’s Atlanta Dogwood Festival several weeks ago. It is PRIME season for festivals in Atlanta these days- the weather is superb with just a touch of the heat to come, but not so hot yet as to not be enjoyable. In other words it was about as perfect of a day as one could hope for!
Shortly after arrival we stopped at a booth with some interesting photos of trees. As I walked around the side of the booth we found some incredible miniature bicycles made out of wire. There were hundreds of these individual hand-crafted bikes! We kept saying “Oh! Look at that one! No- look at that one! “ After narrowing down our selections we purchased two of them- a steal at only $5 each. In talking with the vendor, he purchased them from a man in Brazil who works as a security guard at a school. Supposedly the man uses the money he raises to donate to the school. Neat story and neater bikes!
The Kirkwood Sunday Ride was spectacular today! For the second week in a row we had over 15 riders for our weekly pilgrimage out to Stone Mountain. Liam and Ethan made it all the way out there (and back) for the first time and Ethan really kept his powder dry because our average speed on the way back was 1.3 mph faster than the ride out. I am really impressed with his speedy progression. Liam also went with the “fast group” on their loop around the mountain while Ethan and I both hung at the turn-around point to collect everyone. Thanks to everyone who came out- this ride is a pleasure to organize and I take pride that everyone is smiling when we get to home base- though that probably has to do with the terrific post-ride brunch at Le Petit Marche’ that the group usually hangs out for.
If you are looking for a great intown Atlanta bicycle ride, come out and join us! Kirkwood Sunday Ride is organized and administered through the Facebook group by the same name- it is an open group so find us there to get ride updates and the like. We have an “A” Group for the faster riders and a slightly more leisurely-paced “B” Group for the rest of us. Both groups are no-drop, meaning that they wait for the slowest rider in each group so no one gets stranded, lost or neglected. We have had an influx of new folks and riders of all abilities are welcome- as long as you have a good attitude!