I've surprised myself once again, I've gone and done something I didn't think I would ever do.
I have been content to use my feet to get me from Point A to Point B -and sometimes C most days, supplementing with the vaporetto depending on where I need to get to. Until we moved to Sant'Elena, I rarely ever went over to the Lido. And if I did, I walked once I arrived there.
This year I find myself on the Lido often. If I need to go to a grocery store, it's actually easier to do it there at the large Coop or the new Conad store (formerly Billa, which, for the record, I miss terribly). I make it a weekly ritual on Tuesday mornings to go to the mercatino there, and now I've added on Friday mornings as well. Some of our new favorite restaurants are there. And it won't be long before the beaches are open again for the season.
Recently at lunch with some friends, who all live on the Lido, I was asked if I kept a bicycle there. No, I don't have one. One of the women immediately suggested that she give me her old one, which was sitting in the garage now that she had a new one, and her husband was urging her to get rid of it. The only problem was it had a flat tire. I didn't think that was an issue, I was happy to figure out how to get the tire fixed. I didn't even need to do that, she took it to her local bike shop for me! She'd warned me it was old, and had lots of rust. In my opinion that would be just perfect for the Lido and me!
The next week we made arrangements for me to come over and pick it up from the bike shop. For 9 euros I had a brand new inner tube, filled with air, and a lovely set of new wheels for me.
This baby has a bell, 2 baskets, a mirror, a light, a brand new seat, and a fender! And it's blue, my favorite color even. I have hit the lottery on this one!
The bike came home to Sant'Elena so I could have Mike adjust the seat for me.
I've purchased a brand new bike lock, I'm ready to take it back over to the Lido where it will take up residence in one of the several bike lots in and around the area by the vaporetto stop. My bike will fit right in with it's neighbors- old rusty beach bikes, just perfect for getting around when I want to explore the seawalls along Malamocco or make a trip to the mercatino, or pedal on down to the spiaggia ( beach). The only thing I need to do is break a bottle of prosecco over the handle bars to christen it!
It's been years since I've biked much, I must admit I'm a bit leery, but with practice I am confident I'll be fine. I'll be just like Miss Gulch in the Wizard of Oz , except I'll be sporting a huge smile.