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dreaming in the shadows of the Sleeping Maiden

Mt. Tam glimpsed from the path in Corte Madera

Spent the morning with a group of women of all ages learning a little more about bike handling through a series of classes called Women on Wheels, which are offered by the Marin County Bicycle Coalition. On this past Thursday night, we learned about bike maintenance at the welcoming San Anselmo bike shop 3 Ring Cycles, owned and run by the husband-and-wife team of Brad & Lindsay McKenzie. It was such a treat to be able to get down to the nuts and bolts of fixing flats and learning about the tools of the “trade” in such a cooperative environment.

This morning’s class was on the bike and it covered sudden stops, obstacles, turns, signals. This class was also a rare treat, with great positive vibes that had us leave with a can-do, but not super macho, feeling on the bike. I took to the Corte Madera-Larkspur bike path after class for a quick spin to practice some of the moves I learned. With the wind in my face and a little more courage in the pit of my stomach, I kept on riding, rather than thinking of taking photos of the mountain – which explains this ordinary frame, caught during a quick stop for a sip of water.