Rest Day in Baltimore

The next morning, Phil and I were still feeling sore from the hills, so we decided to take a rest day in Baltimore before moving on towards Washington, DC. Except that it wasn’t really a rest day, because we walked to a yoga studio in Harbor East to take a Bikram yoga class.

On our walk, we passed through the Occupy Baltimore crowd and talked to a few of the people there. One guy, who looked no older than mid fifties, claimed to be 70 years old and was juggling. The yoga class was in a room heated to over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. After an hour and a half of Bikram, one of the guys in our class invited Phil and I to join him and his wife for happy hour at Ra, a nearby sushi restaurant. Brian and Carmen arrived shortly after Phil and I sat down, and we enjoyed a late lunch with the couple. Carmen is from Spain and teaches violin, while Brian is from England but originally from Zimbabwe. They also love to travel and hope to visit New Zealand some day, among a long list of other places.

When we returned to Coleman’s house, I could barely move my arms enough to take my sweaty clothes and yoga mat out of my bag before flopping face-down on the bed and passing out for about an hour. After waking from my nap, Phil and I biked to the grocery store to buy ingredients for the next morning’s breakfast. Coleman was home by then, and I went with him to a nearby pub to have a beer and watch the Ravens game.

About Sarah

Sarah grew up in Cranston - just south of Providence, Rhode Island - and developed a love for travel, music, and outdoor sports at an early age. She had started bicycling long distances at age 12, as a participant of the MS150 bike tours to raise money for the MS Society. She didn't use her bike regularly until she built her own while studying in Montreal and found it an excellent way to get around the city. After graduating from McGill and moving back to Providence, Sarah started working at Brown University's office of Environmental Health & Safety as the Biological Safety Specialist. She was living 4 miles away at the time, and for the first few weeks was driving to work. She made the switch from driving to bicycling when she realized that she could get to work faster, avoid parking tickets, and integrate a few miles of training into her day. Bicycling was better for the environment and better for her own health and mood. She found that she had more energy and felt much happier once she started biking to work. When her car broke down several months later, she never bothered replacing it. After 4 years of working in Biosafety (and on her master's in Environmental Studies), Sarah left her job to pursue her passion. She has been working various jobs in the bicycle industry since June of 2011, including pedicab driver, bicycle tour guide, bike mechanic and traveling bicycle advocate. In between seasonal jobs, she has done a few long-distance bike tours, which is the main reason for this blog. Her dream is to eventually ride around the world and sail across the oceans.

Posted on 24 October 2011, in Bicycle Touring, Providence to New Orleans. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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