Carmel Part 1: Just Like Riding a Bike

Gloria[to Jay and Manny, about learning to ride a bike] You two have fun. I pass. It makes no sense. There’s no reason that thing should stay upright.

Jay: There’s no reason you should stay upright, but it just works. –Modern Family

This was my third trip to Carmel with Match and his family, and the first with my sister in law. She brought her boyfriend and it was the first time Match and I met him. Needless to say in a two bedroom vacation rental, we had quite the full house with the 6 of us and two dogs. Despite not having a room to ourselves, we still had a great time, possibly the best we’ve had in Carmel yet!

The first day Match had to catch up on sleep having just worked the night shift Thursday. So we left him at the house while the rest of us went to Monterey for a bike ride. The last time I rode a bike for any length of time I was probably in my teens. I was nervous that I would fall, or lag way behind because it’s been so long. But it’s true what they say and before long it was like no time had passed. I managed to stay upright the entire 2 hour long ride!

I’m not sure the exact distance we went, but we were all panting and sore by the time we stopped. We found a pub on the ride back and stopped in for appetizers and fuel aka beer.

My in-laws are the cutest. Over 30 years together and still all kissy face.

That night we all walked to downtown Carmel for a nice dinner at an Italian restaurant.

The food was amazing and company excellent. We got to knew Travel Girl’s beau a little bit better. It’s obvious that the two are very much in love and that makes me happy.

After dinner we had to walk off all that food, so we did a little window shopping. I did what I do best and acted like a fool.

We passed right out that night, exhausted from the bike ride. I can’t wait to get a bike of my own someday.  When’s the last time you took a long bike ride somewhere?


    Sarah Kate

    Oh gosh, I’m scared to try riding a bike again. It’s been awhile. I even bought one at a yard sale, but couldn’t get the hang of it. Embarrasing, I know, to be 27 and scared to ride a bike. :o)


    I’m so glad you guys were able to make the best out of the living room sleeping situation! I also think it’s great you are so comfortable hanging with his fam while he stays behind — I do it too and sometimes it’s nice, sometimes I’m NOT happy about it haha!

    Impulsive Addict

    Oh gosh. The only bike I’ve been on in years is an exercise bike!! Lol! 2 hours? Wow! You go girl!!!!

    No bathroom nookie stories?? Lol!

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