Rode my bicycle through Bellevue for a visit to the AAA to pick up some literature for an upcoming vacation.
I thought it would be cool to take a photo of my bike locked up to a handrail outside the AAA logo on the front door. No, they don’t have a bike rack.
Unfortunately, I didn’t have the memory card in the camera, so no photo.
Instead, here’s a short recipe for a very tasty smoothie I often make after a ride.
It has all the useful ingredients to recover from an exhausting ride: carbs, protein, calcium, potassium and Vitamin C.
As you can see, I start with the aged family blender. I throw in a handful of frozen strawberries (blueberries would work too), a banana, about a cup of vanilla-flavored yogurt, orange juice and a quarter-cup of egg substitute.
Sometimes I’ll use a little less OJ and substitute with soy milk.
If you’re into body-building, I suppose you would throw in a couple of tablespoons of human growth hormone before you hit the blend button.
I have no idea of the nutritional value of the drink, but it fills me up so I’m not hungry after my ride and I don’t eat a lot of bad crap before dinner. I consider myself a beer drinker, but I’ll have one of these before the suds.
Vanishing bike lane
By the way, most of my 15-mile bike ride through Bellevue to AAA was on bike lanes until I hit the intersection of 140th Avenue and 8th Street. That’s were the north-south bike lane mysteriously disappears in Bellevue in the commercial sprawl of the Bellevue-Redmond district and cyclists are on their own.
I continued with my front and rear blinkers going and tried to make myself very conspicuous the remaining mile to my destination.
30 Days of Biking
Total days — 17/17
Total miles — 240