When a friend from Georgetown who is also studying through DIS suggested signing up for the Bornholm bike trip, I was a little hesitant. It's not that I can't ride a bike; it's just never been my favorite way to get around. The last time I was on a bike was during my senior year of high school. All of the environmental science classes went to downtown Denver for an all-day field trip to learn about the city's sustainable initiatives. One of the activities included a short tour of the biking paths via Denver B-Cycle--the brand new bike sharing program. The bikes were relatively easy to ride but they were equip with heavy front baskets that made sharp turns tricky and a steady grip necessary to keep yourself going straight.
I'm not quite sure what happened, but I sort of tilted too far to the left, sort of hit a trail post and sort of fell off the bike seat. I managed to stay up right and catch myself before I fell over completely but in the process I slammed the hard edge of the bike seat in to my inner thigh. No one believed that I was in pain until we got to a friends car and I was able to pull up my shorts to reveal a bloody bruise the size of a softball. My mom was concerned about my future ability to give her grandchildren after seeing the war wound; thankfully it was a superficial--but still painful--injury.
(image from here)
I've already broken both wrist and feet in my lifetime and I have this weird superstition that if I break one of them a second time, I'll start the cycle all over again. But then I thought of my resolutions. I was doubting whether I should go or not and according to my rules, I should just say yes. The Danes love to bike (over 30% of Danes bike to work everyday) so I'm morally obligated to follow suite. After flipping through the pictures from previous trips, I'm so glad I signed up. There are hiking trails to explore (I am a Coloradan at heart), glass blowing shops to visit and fresh local fish to sample. I doubt I'll be Tour de France ready anytime soon, but I have a feeling I may be a cyclist-convert on the rise.