On Saturday afternoon I picked up a babysitter and Sam and I headed to Shelby Farms Park.
There we rented a tandem bike and headed out for a couple of hours of riding, chatting, and picnicking. It was one of the most delightful dates we've had since moving here and I'm thinking it may need to become a springtime tradition!
As we rode I commented to Sam that the weather was what I imagine Heaven must feel like--warm and slightly breezy.
We even caught sight of the bison herd!
The tandem bike was quite a bit more of a workout than a standard bike but had the awesome perk of allowing us to carry on a conversation easily as we rode.
The Shelby Farms Greenline extends for over 10 miles through Memphis and is part of the Rails-to-Trails movement (converting unused railroad tracks to bike paths).
At one point we were riding past a fairly steep drop-off and Sam commented that if we were to go over the edge we could become the headless tandem bike couple and haunt the trail forever.
I practically shrieked with delight as I instantly imagined Halloween costumes--can't you see us renting the bike again and taking it around the neighborhood dressed as headless "horsemen" on Halloween?
We aren't the best bicyclists, to be sure, but it's a hobby the entire family enjoys.
We don't have very nice equipment yet but I envision bicycling as a part of our family culture for many years to come. I have hopes that we will compete in bike relays together and such.
And riding this trail is high up on my family bucket list!