Cycle in the City

Yesterday afternoon we attended Kansas City’s Cycle in the City, where they close down the city’s prettiest street for an afternoon of biking/walking/skating. As a cyclist who always feels in the minority, it was great to see so many families out riding their bikes. I was amazed at how many little 3-4 year olds were riding without training wheels! We also discovered balance bikes, which you can get for toddlers as early as 18 months – it may be our next big splurge for Lil’ Miss K! We had a lot of fun checking out the event – next year we’ll be back with our bikes.

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Lil’ Miss K loves playing with Daddy’s sunglasses, but she hates wearing her own!

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Hanging out at a beautiful fountain along Ward Parkway

Photo of the Day: First Bike Ride

Spring has sprung (at least for now) in Kansas City! After getting a bike trailer for Christmas and a bike helmet for Lil’ Miss K’s first birthday, we were anxious to take her out on her first bike ride. Snacks and water in hand, she seemed quite excited to try something new. She giggled for several minutes as we took off down the path. Forty minutes later, she had about had enough, but it was a successful first ride! She’ll be doing Bike Across Kansas in no time.

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Project 52 Week 25: Biker Blur

Wow, last week was such a busy week! I had a tough time deciding between photos of a triathlon, Grandma’s birthday, drag queen bingo (I can admit to it since it was a fundraiser), or two pool parties with friends. Oh … or the gorgeous rose vase we received as a wedding gift, shattered in a thousand pieces after a cleaning incident. I actually cried.

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a creative photo, so I thought I’d take a chance with this one. What do you think? Is it creative, or just a big blur?

Panning shot: this was one of the top cyclists during the Kansas City Corporate Challenge triathlon last weekend.

Day 312: My Trek is Crying

We’ve only been in our new place for a few days, so we haven’t found a good place to store our bikes yet. It makes me cringe to think that my beautiful bike spent the last two days outside in the rain. I need to clean and oil the chain and find a protected spot for it pronto!

My poor Trek road bike sits outside in the rain.


Days 217-219: Sleepless in the Midwest

This weekend left no room for sleep. Friday night, despite all of Jerod’s homework, we made time to go to the {free!} Gladstone, Mo. Theatre in the Park to watch Thoroughly Modern Millie. We had never seen that show before, or been to the Gladstone amphitheater, so it was a fun new experience. Jerod had to work Saturday morning at 6 a.m., and I got up shortly after him to get stuff done around the house. When I woke up, I saw just one baby barn swallow left on our patio. He flew away later that morning. I hope the little guys are doing ok out on their own now. Later in the day we drove down to my parents’ to stay with them for a night. Sunday morning we were up at 5:30 for the Cider Mill Century bicycle ride. Since we’ve been training for runs lately, this is probably the only organized bike ride we’ll do all season. We averaged about 14.5 mph for 50 miles, which wasn’t too bad considering our lack of time on the bike this summer.

A cute young couple cuddles up to each other at the Gladstone Theatre in the Park.
One lone baby barn swallow remained near his nest Saturday morning, but he managed to find a companion.
Early morning light and unique clouds make for a picturesque corn field. Amazingly, this photo was taken on my point-and-shoot camera while riding down the rode on a bicycle. (Notice the shadow in the corner.)

Day 106: Speed Demon

We spent yesterday evening hanging out with my cousins and their kiddos. Kids are so photogenic, so it was really hard to pick out a favorite photo. I chose this one because I love Taylor’s facial expression as she flies down the driveway on her trike.

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1/50 sec., f/5.0, ISO 640
18-200 mm lens (50 mm), natural light