Biking Taco Truck Tour

July 9, 2011 § 4 Comments

So I can cross something else off my bucket list today!

But I kind of feel like I’m cheating.

Because I didn’t actually eat anything on the taco truck tour that I went on today.

But wait, let’s back up. Let me start from the beginning.

This morning, Tiffany and I set out for an adventure that I alluded to last week. We signed up for a 20 mile bike ride through Columbus put on by our local Yelp team. The bike ride was going to stop at a few of the best taco trucks in the city. Since I’d been thinking about taking one of the taco truck tours that drives around the city, this biking option seemed like a much better way to experience the taco truck scene.

So, we hopped on our beach cruisers and headed down to Goodale Park to meet the rest of the group. Once we got there, I had a realization that we were going to be in over our heads. Everyone else there was a legit biker, wearing spandex outfits, helmets, and using clipless pedals.

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We got signed in, paid the registration fee, and were given reusable shopping bags filled with some goodies. Before we departed, one of the leaders made some announcements about rules of the ride. He was riding on the “keg bike” – it was filled with water so that we could refill our water bottles during the ride.

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Tiffany & I were so excited about the ride!  While waiting for it to start, we were talking about how much we love Columbus and how we are really going to miss events like these when we move after graduation. Little did we know we’d be eating our words later!

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The group was pretty big, about 60-75 people, I think. We rode on the street, taking up a full lane.

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Since Tif & I were on beach cruisers, it was hard to keep up with the super light road bikes. Plus, we don’t really take our beach cruisers on the actual road, we stick to side walks and the bike trail. We had no idea that this ride was going to take us down a super busy 5 lane street… in the somewhat sketchy side of Columbus.

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To be honest, I felt really unsafe. I know that it’s my choice not to wear a helmet, and that I really should, but either way, riding next to semi trucks in the back of the pack was not fun. I really wish that Yelp had made it clear that the route would be taking us down a very busy street for 10 miles.

After a long, scary ride, we finally made it to the trucks.

Now, I’m going to be totally honest here, so get ready.

After riding 10+ miles in 90 degree heat, the smell of grilled meats at the trucks was just not appealing. I’m sure that the food was probably really authentic and very tasty, but I knew that there was no way I would be able to stomach it. After we ruled out the first truck (that was serving tongue!) we headed to the second to see if there was a more appealing option for the hot weather.

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The “ambiance” didn’t really do much to help our appetites..

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I really hate to say this, but I did not feel safe being in this area. If I had known that I would ride 10+ miles into a sketchy part of town to be greeted with tongue tacos, I wouldn’t have gone. That’s not really the fault of the organizers though, I should have looked into exactly what this  bike tour entailed before signing up. I just wish it had been more clear about location, riding on the road with no bike lane, etc.

So anyway, here’s where it gets really good.

Tiffany called her mom when we were at the second truck to come rescue us.

Yes, two soon to be college grads called mama for help.

Thankfully, Tiffany’s mom was in town today for a wine tasting with her boyfriend and they were willing to come get us. We just didn’t feel safe riding back on the street, and that’s the truth.

Once they arrived, we started loading the bikes into the back of their SUV.

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This guy who I’m assuming was one of the organizers, came up to us when we were loading the bikes, and was actually pretty rude. This is how the conversation went down.

him: Oh, so you guys are giving up, huh?

me: Well, to be honest, it wasn’t what we were expecting.

him: It’s downhill the whole way back.

me: Well, I don’t feel safe riding 10 miles down Broad St next to semi’s.

him: Riding on the street is perfectly safe!

Maybe he was just joking around with us, trying to cajole us into riding back with the group, but it just left a bad taste in my mouth. I mean, we were loading up our bikes, obviously we weren’t going to ride back. Whatever.

Every time I step outside of my comfort zone, I realize something about myself. Namely, that I have a comfort zone for a reason!


Columbus Commons Bootcamp

June 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

Or, alternatively titled: the time I got tricked into doing crossfit.

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If you’re not familiar with crossfit, you can read about it here. I saw a few youtube videos of the crossfit games once, and wanted to puke just watching the workouts they do.

Don’t get me wrong, I love to break a sweat! There’s nothing like going for a great 3-4 mile run or having a great weights session or even a pilates class.

Anyway, this class was FREE at the new Columbus Commons, a park just south of the state building downtown. I was excited and expected it to be like other boot camp classes I’d tried in the past, but it wasn’t. It was a “bootcamp” run by a crossfit gym located downtown. I think it’s awesome that the city and that gym are working together to provide free fitness classes to the people of Columbus. Definitely a step in the right direction for public health initiatives.

A lot of people came down, and most people seemed to really enjoy the workout. However, I hated it. There wasn’t much direction, and it was just a hardcore athlete’s style of workout. I prefer someone telling me exactly how many reps we have left of each move, or at least knowing the layout of what’s to come in the class. This was a guided warm-up, then the instructor said “Okay now repeat XYZ for 20 minutes.” I almost would have preferred being yelled at.

I have to be totally honest… a big reason why I didn’t enjoy this workout is because it was outside on freshly cut grass. We were doing squats, pushups, and burpees, so I was covered in grass, dirt and bugs. Oh, and it was drizzling rain.

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So I’m really glad that I went and tried something new, but I just don’t think I’ll be back anytime soon. I need air conditioning, my ipod, or at the very least, a sweat towel!

First Blogger Meetup!

June 16, 2011 § Leave a comment

Today was the first time I met someone from the internet in real life.

Yes, Mom, I’m alive!

I met with another Caroline, who lives here in St Pete and has the cutest southern accent I’ve ever heard! I’ve been reading her blog for a little while now, and I’m so glad I got to meet her today!

She suggested a day of bike riding, vintage shopping and lunch at a cute cafe downtown.. it was nothing short of perfect.

Luckily we live pretty close to each other (talk about small world!) and met up this morning in the neighborhood before biking downtown. The ride flew by because we talked the whole way down there – it was a blast!

We hit up some great thrift stores on Central Ave, I had no idea what a great vintage scene there is in St Pete. Caroline has some great pictures of the stores we stopped at on her blog, we saw some interesting stuff. I do have to admit that I’m not the best shopping influence, I may or may not have convinced Caroline to get a gorgeous sundress  😉 But! We both had some great finds, I got two dresses that I’m so excited about! Theory + Ella Moss at 75% off retail, talk about a happy girl!

After shopping, we hit up a great downtown cafe – Central Cafe & Organics.

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Not only do we have the same name, we have the same taste in food! The two Carolines got two hummus wraps! It was a good thing we both got the hummus wraps because after eating this, I had killer garlic breath. I sure hope it’s true that two garlics cancel each other out!

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Caroline is seriously so sweet – she had a Groupon for Central Cafe and treated me to lunch! Thanks Caroline, the next one is on me 🙂

After our delicious lunch, we rode our bikes for a little bit longer before parting ways, chatting about all sorts of stuff. It was a great day filled with all of my favorite things – exercise in the sunshine, shopping, good food and a new friend!

A Run with a View

June 12, 2011 § 1 Comment

Today I got fit for a new pair of running shoes.

I was totally and 100% that girl in the running store. I showed up in black wedges and a belted floral sundress.. not exactly athletic attire. I had a laundry list of requirements for my new kicks – cute, preferably black, very light etc. Luckily the sales guy was really patient and had a good sense of humor. I walked out of the store excited to run! I couldn’t wait to get home and test them out, but first I had to wait a few hours for it to cool down a bit outside. By cool down, I mean reach 90* in the shade. Views like this make it so worth it though.


Verdict? After a 4 mile test drive, I love them! They are cute, black, light and amazing to run in.

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June 7, 2011 § 2 Comments

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A Milestone

April 18, 2011 § 2 Comments

So I usually spend my Sunday catching up on homework that I’ve neglected all weekend (molecular genetics, I’m talking about you) but yesterday I realized that I wasn’t as far behind as I thought. So before our weekly softball game, I decided to head to the park early to go for a run. I told everyone, my sister, Rob, my roommates, even announced on twitter that I was going to run 4 miles. I didn’t know for sure that I could do it, the furthest I’d ever run was a 5k. I really think announcing it to everyone kept me accountable. The wind was vicious and it was kind of overcast, but I did it! I know that to some people four miles is no big deal, but to me, it’s huge.

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Unfortunately, our intramural softball game was cancelled, but Bethany was there at the park and offered to snap a picture to commemorate my achievement. Frizzy hair, sweaty, shiny face… I don’t even care!

Taste of Summer

April 10, 2011 § Leave a comment

With today’s high here in Columbus being in the 80s, you can bet that campus was buzzing. People were out and about, the excitement of the day was contagious. After a restless night spent listening to my asshole neighbors party until 4:12 a.m., I woke up and got a start on some homework. I’m glad I had the foresight to do that, because the rest of the afternoon was spent like it should be – with friends outside.


The girls and I played catch all afternoon to practice for our intramural softball game. Or, they played catch, I ran away from the ball and studied for anatomy. I’d just like to mention that in my 22 years, prior to today, I’ve never played a game of softball or swung a real bat. I didn’t know that jewelry wasn’t allowed during sporting events. I didn’t even know the rules of the game! Today, I went out of my comfort zone and tried something new. What doesn’t really matter is that my team got totally creamed. I mean..we showed up without a bat.

Only 4 more games until this “season” is over…I can’t wait.

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