This week I am using a bicycle, on loan from my brother. I have not owned, or probably used, a bike for a number of years, and I am woefully out of shape. So I don't look like Lance Armstrong out there (it is not uncommon for bicyclers to pass me by on the street, especially when I'm on a block that goes uphill), but I am really enjoying it. It is a great way to get around the city. And of course there is the matter of the bus fare I save, hardly an inconsequential factor for me these days. I've got to get one of these things. It won't help much in a snowstorm, of course, or for that matter in a hundred year rainstorm like we had a week or so ago, but I think I wouldn't mind getting around the city on bike for much of the year.
On Sunday I rode the bicycle to Saint Stephen's (my wife is visiting family for a few days). I was hardly the only one bicycling Downtown and on the East Side on a Sunday morning, but what is unusual is to see a guy riding a Huffy Magellan wearing black slacks, black long sleeve clerical shirt, a round clerical collar, and a beret. It took me a little over a half hour to get from my place in Riverwest to the church down in Walker's Point. By the time I got to Third Ward I was very thirsty, and so I stopped at the Alterra in Walker's Point, bought a bottle of water, smelled the coffee, smelled the brownies, and then left. By the time I got to the church I had more perspiration than is becoming for a deacon. It didn't bother anyone, though, since unfortunately attendance was so low.
As I was biking back home after Mass, I decided to take a break when I got to the East Town area, and get a coffee at the coffeehouse at the WELS church across from the old Blatz Brewery, Grace Church. Yes, there is a WELS church with a coffeehouse. But my experience at Grace deserves its own blog post.
Since then I've been using the bike both when I need to get from place to place, and for leisure. Last night, for example, I rode to the UWM campus, and then to the Lakefront. Thanks, Daut. I could get used to this.