A month ago my family and I moved away from Sparks, NV which had been our home for the past three years to the southwest area of Reno, NV. Our new home is much more central to the activities and places where we spend a lot of our time.
Our move has also shortened by bicycle commute from 20 miles roundtrip to 12 miles. It has also shortened the time I'm on the road, especially when riding in the dark or in bad weather.
Although I miss our previous home, neighborhood and the good people we became friends with, I am truly enjoying my new route to and from work as you can see from the photos above! I get to ride through downtown Reno under the Reno Arch, past murals and the beautiful Virginia Lake.
Many, many of our favorite restaurants are along my route to and from work, through downtown Reno, Midtown and southwest Reno. I can't help but look at my GPS computer to note how near to home we are from so many places where we currently like to eat and shop at. Yet there are still so many new places for us to try and explore!
Life has been a whirlwind, each evening and each weekend. Part of that is because we're living life out of boxes and have not yet formed a routine. We're trying to unpack as little as possible because we will be renovating the kitchen and bathrooms and putting in new flooring all throughout our house.
This past Saturday, we finally had a chance to ride our bicycles to breakfast! About 1.5 miles from our home (and along my bicycle commute route) is a restaurant called Josef's Vienna Baker & Café. Located near Moana Lane and Lakeside Drive, this place is a bread and pastry paradise! There was not a designated place or bike rack outside of the restaurant to lock up our bikes so we secured them to a wooden pergola in front of the restaurant's window. That way we can see our bicycles from inside the café and that worked fine for us.
After breakfast, we rode to a home improvement store (also within miles from our house) to pick up a door sweep and caulk before we returned home. Our entire trip was just over 5-miles.
Then my husband got on his road bike for a quick spin while I took one of our cats for an easy ride down the streets of our new neighborhood. It was "Love Your Pet Day" and we celebrated it with a fun bike ride together!!
We are really blessed to have a home in a neighborhood that is a better fit for our life and is closer for both of us to bike commute to work.