Nashville bicycle brunch: Fools in the rain edition

On August 11, we had something of a last-minute bicycle picnic brunch in Centennial Park. It was hot and HUMID…really gross and humid. And it got even wetter before the day was over. But a good time was still had by all. I think!


Our delicious spread included iced coffee, champagne, watermelon, yummy breads and boiled eggs. Oh, and kolaches from Yeast Nashville!

New friends Anna and Dan arrived on their sweet vintage Gitane tandem.

We ate and chatted amid tourists renting B-cycles and locals doing what looked like Tae Bo (she politely asked if we minded her occasional cursing. We pointed out that we were drinking alcohol in a park during prime church hours…so, not really.).

Sadly, we missed Andy and Amanda, who had ridden all the way from East Nashville (with more kolaches!) but had gotten there early and missed where we were set up in the park. At least they had extra pastries to console them. Next time I plan to choose a geographical feature in the park to mark our spot!

Toward the end of the brunch, we started feeling raindrops. We huddled under a tree for a while, thinking it would pass. It…didn’t. Once we were completely soaked, we decided it was time to take refuge under the Parthenon. Anna and Dan kindly donated their blanket to keep my new Brooks dry.


Rainy group photo, with Le Peug standing in for me.

Our next brunch will be on September 29, at the Stone Fox. Fingers crossed we won’t get rained on. Email me for more details if you’re interested in joining!

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6 thoughts on “Nashville bicycle brunch: Fools in the rain edition

  1. Dottie says:

    As much as I detest humidity, this looks like such a fun group and I wish I were there! :) That tandem bike is awesome.

  2. Janis says:

    What a thrill to see the Gitane tandem! My husband and I have an one just like it – right down to the color. Ours has swept-back handlebars with what looks like original grips (but who’s to say?). The previous owner added a drum brake, front and rear racks, and new T.A. Specialities crank sets, plus orange pinstriping on the fenders. We added Brooks saddles and plan to replace the pedals. With its mixte-style frame in the stoker position, it is a joy to ride!

  3. Amanda H. says:

    I’m sorry that we missed you guys! Thanks for the shout out. I’m happy you at least still got to try some kolaches!

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