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COMPROMISE IS NOT A DIRTY WORD

No, I’m not going to get all political on you. I’m talking about relationships. Every good relationship has to deal with compromises at some point or another. That was how The Boyfriend and I ended up bike riding 56 miles on Sunday.

What?!? Huh? Let me explain.

We were all set to go for a long bike ride on Sunday. The Boyfriend wanted to go north into Westchester County. I wanted to go south into Brooklyn. We were at an impasse.

Now, I love furniture shopping. Love it. The Boyfriend loathes it. So I said we can bike into Westchester if we try to make it to my favorite furniture store in Hawthorne, NY. “It’s only 27 miles away!” I declared.

(What’s so great about this furniture store, you ask. It’s the Bloomingdale’s Home Outlet Store, and it’s the only one of its kind in the country.)

So that’s how this happened:

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And then this happened:

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Did I mention The Boyfriend loathes furniture shopping?

Here are some other pictures from our 56 mile bike ride:

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The George Washington Bridge in the distance only 4 miles into our bike ride.

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The George Washington Bridge up close.

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Taking a water break after a particularly grueling hill.

Crossing Hudson

The Boyfriend crossing the bridge from Manhattan into the Bronx.

Water reflection

Pretty water in Westchester County.

Covered Bridge

Heading home… only 20 miles to go…

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Why Run When You Can Bike?

Remember when I ran a half-marathon? It feels like a distant memory.

Sometimes, I look in the mirror and I have to convince myself that I’m the same person who ran 13.1 miles without stopping. The thought of running 3 miles is enough to make me want to throw my running shoes in the garbage. Clearly, my running career has not catapulted quite the way I imagined. And that is mostly because I am lazy and I don’t like running all that much – never have and probably never will. That’s the bad news.

The good news is that I’ve taken up biking again – an activity I used to love when I was younger and didn’t yet have a drivers license. When I was in college, I bought myself a beautiful electric blue Cannondale hybrid for what I thought was an exorbitant price of $500. I loved riding along Lake Shore Drive in Chicago, which, I still believe is one of the best biking trails I have ever been on. So a couple of weeks ago, I brought the bike in for a tune-up, got some spanking new tires, and I was off.

One of the best things about biking is that it’s an activity The Boyfriend and I can do together. When I used to ask him if he wanted to go running with me, he would simply laugh – you know, the “what planet are you living on?” kind of laugh. As we switch off weekends between New York and D.C., we’ve been exploring bike trails in each city. This past Sunday, we rode north out of New York City, up through the Bronx and into Westchester. Here’s the map and corresponding pictures below:

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Picture A: Overlooking the Hudson River at 70th Street

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Picture B: The George Washington Bridge at 181st Street

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Picture C: A lighthouse underneath the George Washington Bridge

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Picture D: Overlooking the Hudson River as we cross over the Henry Hudson Bridge into the Bronx

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Picture E: The South County Trail in Westchester County. I took this picture as I was riding downhill!

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