I’m going to start this off with a painful, embarrassing confession: I somewhat recently learned to ride a bike.
*pause for dramatic effect*
Growing up, I kept this sad truth top secret until my junior year in university when my now husband pushed me to learn and patiently held in his laughter as I rode in circles around the parking lot of my apartment complex.
A few years later, we moved to Portland, a biking capital in the US and I imagined myself darting up and down hilly streets like everyone else while my Civic gathered dust in the driveway. These dreams never materialized however and after being honked at too many times and panting as I walked my bike up nearly every hill I encountered, I locked it up in the back of the garage and lost the key.
Fast forward and there I was in Lucca, Italy on day two of Play Your Tuscany being told to hop on a bike to tour the city for the day, unsure if I’d be able to keep up. Straight away we hit a hill (yeah, I walked) but I was happy to find that, with that over, Lucca is awesomely flat and the perfect place for a bike novice like me.
For more on my biking adventure, check out my story over at Play Your Tuscany.