It’s been a beautiful week for riding here in Nashville, and Le Peug put some miles on yesterday. Some scenes from our ride.
The book (A.S. Byatt’s The Children’s Book, if you’re interested) came off the back rack and I read at the table while waiting to taste wedding cupcakes with my friend E. Edgehill Village is a fairly new commercial area between Vanderbilt and 12th Ave. South, full of independent shops and restaurants.
My journey from Edgehill to Rumba on West End was kind of an adventure. I’d ridden to both places, but never from one another — first I thought I’d take Edghill all the way to Vandy and navigate through campus to 30th Ave. But Music Row’s bike lane tempted me.
This meant I had to take a slightly different route. After a couple of blocks on Division, I realized I was going to be stuck taking Broadway — until I spotted the entrance to Vandy’s campus across the pedestrian crossing on 21st.
The campus was empty (it was around 6 pm) and I took full advantage of the paved footpaths. It seemed like a different world, shady and quiet, but just a couple of blocks from hectic West End. Wish I had not been running late/had had more than a crappy cell phone, and could have taken pictures of my own.
At Rumba, I was forced to attach Le Peug to a street sign. One of the things that drives me crazy about cycling in Nashville is that there are very few bike racks unless you’re on the Vandy campus or at Bongo Java on Belmont. Granted, there aren’t a lot of cyclists in Nashville, but maybe it’s an “if you build it, they will come” type of situation? After all, it’s a pain in the butt to get somewhere and spend 15 minutes trying to find somewhere to lock up your bike.
After drinks and dinner with the girls, we ended our night in a way that befits a single girl about town—buying cat food at Walgreens.
At least Le Peug finally had some company near the “bike rack” — even if Willie wouldn’t approve!