The time I had to rent a kids bike because my legs were too short…

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I have a funny story for you,

Many years ago, before I even met Remmie, I was in Utrecht, Holland (one of my favorite cities) for a street painting project and a Dutch friend offered to take me on a bike tour of the countryside.  YES PLEASE!!!!  But of course, I didn’t have a bike- so we went to the train station to rent one….

Goodness, I tried all kinds of bikes and I couldn’t reach the petals on any of them.  Apparently the Dutch are the tallest people in the world, on average, and I am, to my dismay, one of the shortest.  And let me tell you, I felt extremely short when after 7 or 8 bikes, the poor rental guy was out of options unlessssss… I wanted to try a kids bike.  (cut scene to the Goonies where Josh Brolin is riding around on that little pink bike with the training wheels and cute white basket, OYE)

So that’s what I did.  Honestly, sure I was a tad embarrassed that I couldn’t fit on ANY bike within the ‘thousand bike’ rental place, except one made for, IDK, a hobbit?!  But, hey, when life gives you challenge, you can accept or run the other way.  I didn’t run…I rode.  I rode around on that kids bike till my legs were about to fall off and had the most incredible time.  In fact, it’s definitely one of those things I’d love to do again…and soon.

I guess the point of my story is, we all have ‘short’ comings, but there’s always a work around if you look for it and are willing to be a little unconventional. In the grand scheme of things, this wasn’t anything but a funny thing that happened while traveling, but the message is real.  

It’s not the wheels, it’s the journey.  So make the journey a reality, however you can :). 

On a side note…I’ve had the same bike – a royal blue Schwinn since I was 7 years old. Yes, 7. My dad even fixed it up for me about 10 years ago but It’s seen it’s day.  Today I got a new one.  It’s still a kids bike…but it’s pink. I’m ready for my next journey 😉

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    Kathleen Honan
    December 14, 2020 at 10:11 pm

    This was a lovely story and as a matter of fact a story I needed to hear today. I love your pink bike, as a matter of fact, all my bikes as a kid were pink. As short as I am, I think I could still ride them.

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    Janet Farmer
    December 15, 2020 at 2:43 am

    What a cute story! How tall are you? I’m 5’1”!

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      Melanie Stimmell Van Latum
      December 15, 2020 at 3:21 am

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who may still ride a kids bike :). Thank you Kathleen.

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      Melanie Stimmell Van Latum
      December 15, 2020 at 3:32 am

      Hi Janet,
      I’m 5’2”. Haha. So you’d be in the same boat :). A mini in the land of giants. Lol

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