Tour de NoHo

7 Jun

Bike. Camp. Was. Epic.

I got to spend the most beautiful weekend of the year thus far drinking beer, riding my bike and hanging out in Northampton, MA.  Need I even say, supreme shenanigans ensued.

First there was the delicious homebrew I got to drink in the basement of my old college science building with my favorite professor.  Then there was the delicious beer I got to drink at one of my top 5 bars (the Moan & Dove) with my favorite professor and my favorite bike camp buddy.  THEN there was the wedding my bike camp buddy and I got to crash where I met my 2nd favorite cello player (Karl Holmstrom, you’ll always be first in my heart honey bun).  Oh and that was just the first night.  After an hour of sleep (woops) I got to eat breakfast at my favorite breakfast joint in NoHo (Sylvester’s).  I may or may not have still been drunk.


It goes on.  And on.  And then we came back for more.  By the end of the weekend we were pretty punchy and at one point literally could not stop ourselves from laughing at just about everything.  Despite our delinquent behavior we managed to learn a ton about cycling, training, bike maintenance and riding in a pace line.  Erika was a gladiator road warrior champion, powering through some horrible cough/cold/hangover day after after.  We watched this video the first morning to get ourselves properly motivated.

Truly, the cycling was pure bliss.  Cycling makes me feel happy.  So happy and so free.  It evokes that feeling I think everyone is looking for – that feeling of being outside of yourself; focused and present and useful and challenged and part of something bigger than you are.  It’s like playing music.  And with cycling you get to be outside and get to go fast and there’s an element of play in it too.  A little of bit of catch me if you can winking over the shoulder edge that keeps things interesting.  We rode 100 miles of pure bliss.  If you’re ever in the Northampton area and looking to do some awesome group riding or get some cycling coaching or whatever, I can’t recommend the good people at Ride NoHo strongly enough.  I have a total life crush on them.

elaine is just as adorable as she looks. and aldo's eyes are normally open.

massachusetts is pretty and bike hugs are awkward

that's not alcohol. it's a Ride NoHo cocktail - orange juice and seltzer

I laughed more than I have in a long time all weekend long. Especially because my hair looks like this when I take my helmet off.

helmet hawk

Makes me kind of miss my little mini mohawk.  It was such a fleeting mohawk before ALL my hair fell out.  Perhaps I should revisit it….

On the cancer front.  Got a big CT scan coming up.  I’ll let ya know how it goes.  Fingers crossed my bloggy friends.  Fingers crossed.


2 Responses to “Tour de NoHo”

  1. Stas Lazarev June 7, 2011 at 8:52 pm #

    Keeping my fingers crossed for your upcoming CT, Colleen! Stay positive!
    P.S. I enjoy reading your stories. You have a unique way with language!

  2. Mama-Zebra June 13, 2011 at 8:42 pm #

    You are well…that much is clear! So good to start worrying about you being crazy, like everyone else, instead of sick, (like everyone else?)…xo, Mama

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