This weekend, mr. youngandthrifty and I decided to take our newly acquired bicycles for a ride to downtown and check out the Olympic venues. There’s been a lot of media buzz about the Olympics because it IS only a few days away, and there seemed to be many free events going on downtown. I wasn’t a big supporter of the Olympics to be honest because I want to keep Vancouver to myself, of course (BAD youngandthrifty, BAD!) and because the road closures everywhere are a big pain in the butt. However the Olympic spirit and excitement has since rubbed off on me (hey, if you can’t beat them, join them, right?).
We took our bicycles and cycled all around for about 15-20 kilometres (see my detailed map below) and checked out all the venues. I realized that cycling in Vancouver is actually really fun, easy, and a cheap way to go downtown (since parking is $6-8 an hour now in downtown, I estimate we saved about $16 in parking and we were spared from worrying about whether our parking would expire). It was great in that we didn’t have to worry about traffic. We saved on gas AND I got to fit in some exercise AND it was a beautiful day (10 degrees in the middle of winter, thanks to global warming and El Nino! Not so good for the Winter Olympics, but good for cycling around). It was a win-win situation, really. Except that I felt like I was hit by a car Mack Truck the next day because my muscles were so sore. Thankfully, I made a quick recovery.
There are some many free things to do: like free Ice Skating, free Zip Line across buildings, free concerts, free light shows. Might as well take advantage of it since it’s being paid for with our tax dollars, right?
We even checked out the Olympic store at The Bay (a Canadian department store since 1670- now American owned) and bought some Olympic gear. I realized that I didn’t bring my pannier (it’s bicycle speak for a bag that you can hang off the back of your bike) nor did mr. youngandthrifty bring his backpack. It would be dangerous to hang our stuff that we just bought off the handlebars. So mr. youngandthrifty came up with a brilliant, brilliant idea. WARNING this is kind of shameless: We bought a backpack at The Bay to put our stuff in, and then returned it the next day (with tags still intact)!
It worked out really quite well, actually.
Have you done something shameless like that before? Like buy something and return it because you only needed to use it once? Please share! Don’t worry you can comment anonymously if you want- we won’t judge!
Do you use your bicycle to get around where you live?