The Weekend

I’m really starting to enjoy weekends with no plans. Especially when the weather is nice.

After staying out a bit late Friday night, Eric and I were up pretty early Saturday morning and were itching to go ride our new bikes. We made a plan and headed into Fairmount Park near Belmont.

Oh new bikes? Plural? Yeah, a few days after I got my new bike Eric bought a mountain bike. Our apartment is overflowing with bikes.

Fairmount Park is such a large park and I feel like every time I run or ride there I discover something new. Our friend Bob was nice enough to take us to some trails I didn’t even know existed.

I’m not going to lie, learning to ride on the trails was hard. Between shifting gears, clipping in and clipping out, hopping over logs, avoiding brush and trees, I was pretty overwhelmed. But I managed to stay up right for the most part and I am excited to get back out there soon and learn some more.

We then headed over to the plateau to ride some grass and gravel. This might be one of my favorite spots in the city because of the view.


Later in the day Eric and I ran a few errands. I had to stop and buy some cat food at our local shop. There is a cat who lives there and it might be the ugliest cat ever. But so sweet. I reached down to pet it and the cat jumped up on my back and refused to leave. She just kept rubbing her face against mine and purring really loudly.

It’s what’s on the inside that counts.

We stayed in Saturday night and made pizza, drank beer, and watched terrible movies. Eric and I shared this Crooked Cockeyed Cooper Barley Wine. It was really good! It’s 11% but didn’t have that cough syrup taste that some higher alcohol barley wines tend it get.

We woke up pretty early Sunday morning and decided to go to breakfast and try to beat all of the Mother’s Day crowds. Even though there is a Green Eggs Cafe practically across the street from us, we wanted to check out the new center city location because our friend works there.

I ordered the vegan french toast and Eric ordered the breakfast burrito. Both were delicious and it was nice to eat before the crowds.

After stuffing ourselves we did a whole lot of nothing the rest of the day. I think the cats were ok with that though.


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6 Responses to The Weekend

  1. My girlfriend & I have been taking the dog for hikes in Fairmont Park for years now, but just last week we took a different turn and ended up pretty lost. I mean not scary lost but “wow, I didn’t realize how big this place really is” lost. It was a fun adventure!

    That beer looks awesome– I don’t tend to reach for the barley wines myself because of the cough syrup taste you mentioned, but with your recommendation, I can’t wait to give it a try!

    • Lauren says:

      Haha it’s fun to get “lost” in Fairmount (well as long as you aren’t alone and it’s not dark outside). I like going with different people because they all have their own route there and you can discover so many cool things!

  2. Kelly says:

    I just bought a new bike too! Well actually I bought it almost two months ago, waited forever for my shoes to come in, finally brought the bike home from the shop a few weeks ago and STILL haven’t ridden it! After Dirty German… It’ll be my first time using clip pedals and fancy gears-scary!

    • Lauren says:

      That’s awesome! Let me know if you ever want to get together for some rides. I’m still learning a lot of the basics and try to go to West River Drive when it’s closed. Eric’s been a great coach and I am sure he could help with any questions you have.

  3. Margaret says:

    Love you adventures, kitties, and food. Wow, want to grab it off the screen especially since I’m on day 22 of a juice cleanse!!

  4. Kelly says:

    I’d love to get together for a ride sometime! Unfortunately since I work Saturdays and Sundays it would have to be in the evening :(

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