Friday April 13, 2007 was
significant for a few reasons. I was still on vacation, so I wasnít
working this day and I was looking for an excuse to do a bike ride
somewhere. It was also my oldest son Jonathanís sixteenth birthday.
Jonathan already had his drivers permit and he had completed all his
driving training requirements and he was anxious to get his official
drivers license. Ironically it was also exactly one year to the day when
Jonathan last rode with me on his birthday last year to join the Rochester
Hills PCT Bike and Hike Club.
Jonathan was bugging both me and
Diane to take him to the Secretary of Stateís Office to get his drivers
license. I told him I would take him, but we had to ride our bikes.
Jonathan was so anxious he quickly agreed.
I got down my old Sierra Madrid bike
hanging from the ceiling in the garage as an extra bike for just these
type occasions. This back up bike isnít the best, but certainly good
enough for a short ride. We went south on Adams to Walton where we headed
east to Old Perch. South on Old Perch to Avon where we turned west for
the short distance to Crooks. We headed south on Crooks for about a mile
and a quarter to the Secretary of Stateís office located in a shopping
center on the west side of the street. We parked our bikes outside and I
locked them together while Jonathan went inside to get a number.
We had to wait a few minutes before
it was Jonathanís turn. I took a couple pictures of Jonathan with my
phone camera to record this eventful day. See the bottom of this page for
the pictures I took this day.
One of Jonathanís friends Josh was
also there doing the same thing. I could tell by the look on Joshís face
he was jealous that he didnít get to ride his bike to the Secretary of
Stateís office like we did. Even though Jonathan complained about having
to ride a bike to go get his drivers license at least he will have a story
he can tell for the rest of his life. I hope I donít forget to give Max
the same experience in a few years when it is his turn to go for his
drivers license. And, what would be really cool is if this is the start
of a new family tradition that my children can pass on to their children
when the time comes.
We pretty much followed the reverse
route to get back home. It was a relatively short ride, but a pleasant
ride none the less. I always enjoy having company when going on a bike
We ended up riding 12.2 miles total,
max speed 23.5, average speed 10.2 mph and 1 hour and 11 minutes of time