Published by Curious World Books
Copyright 2011 Alison Stein Wellner. All Rights Reserved.
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Three months before my 34th birthday, I decided it was time. I was tired of making excuses and telling face-saving lies whenever I was confronted with that two-wheeled mystery machine called a bicycle. I no longer wanted to miss out on riding with my friends and family. Enough was enough. I would finally learn how to ride a bike.
Under a cornflower blue sky, with rustling green leaves barely turning orange, my husband Phil and I drove to the Harlem Valley Rail Trail, which hugs the border between upstate New York and Massachusetts. Phil started the bike rental paperwork, and I went to get a bottle water from the deli, taking my place in line behind people casually dangling helmets from their arms, purchasing energy drinks. On the radio, the song was “Born to be Wild.” It was just how I felt. Wild.