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*God*, that feels good
Oh, right. I may enjoy the elliptical machine, but bicycling has always, by far, been my favorite form of exercise. How had I forgotten that?

Zipping along the bike path. Leaning into the curves and getting the visceral thrill of pushing through them -- like driving a sports car, but more real and honest. Enjoying a day that would be just a *little* warm for running, but which is fabulous with a self-inflicted breeze in my face. Getting to watch the people -- from the runners (oblivious to everything except their iPods) to the endless variety of dogs being walked, to the families teaching their children how to bicycle, all of them apologizing unnecessarily for the four-year-olds on the wrong side of the path.

My heart working and my breathing heavy, but never difficult. Getting to speed up here and coast there as I feel like it, but still *moving* throughout. Afterwards, definitely sweaty and bone-tired -- but it's an honest and happy sweat, with nothing that really *hurts*.

And really, there's nothing quite like satisfaction of starting in Ball Square, Somerville, saying, "I think I'll get a little exercise" -- and the next stop is an iced tea break in Arlington Center, seemingly no time later. Knowing that, with a little more time, I could fairly casually jaunt out to Lexington and beyond is just *neat*.

I already liked our house, but now I am *seriously* appreciating our location. Being just a few blocks from the effective end of the Minuteman Bike Path (and its extension through Somerville) is *really* lovely...

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Must get my bike fixed up...

Sounds wonderful Mark! I've been saying for some time that I need to get my bike fixed up--I haven't ridden it in years--and now I absolutely must. You are making me long for a bike ride!

That sounds fabulous.

You might like kayaking, too. I feel much the same way in a good kayak.

It's like biking on water!

Except with less drowning.

Oh, sure -- I would kayak for miles back in summer camp. Haven't done it in many years, though...

I should really get mine tuned up and go ride again. I don't think I've ever loved it as much as you do, but it is quite convenient in this area.

Oh, and there are reasons I don't run outside with an ipod; I'd run straight into a tree, I'm sure, not to mention it screws up my pacing.

Hadn't made the conscious connection that you were that close to the end of the bike path. That's excellent!

(Sometime when I do not have to go to bed I can give you a "how to get to our house from the bike path driving along nice-looking residential streets rather than major roads" briefing, if you would like such a thing. I will admit to being entirely self-serving in doing so. :)

Ah -- yes, especially now that we're heading into nice weather, that would be very useful...

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