Tuesday evening at nine o`clock - perfect time for not staying home.
Yesterday somebody asked me what is my favorite sport. A few days before I just realized that I have a new sport through my favorites - riding the bike. I don`t know why so late I found out this even if I used to ride the bike quite often since my first days in US.
(Maybe this is how we are made to be - doing the things we love without realizing the pleasure they bring us. But you are happy until you realize about your happiness and then you start to think about your feelings and you stop feeling anything more. :D)
So, Rodada or Aguas con la Bici
I joined four Rodadas and hope not to miss next two as these are my last weeks here.
So, imagine 3 or 4 hundred people of different ages, all on bikes riding for about one hour in the downtown. I saw children of 6-7 years on their little bikes going up on the hills that I hardly could climb; young, but also 50-70-years-old people full of energy and in love with the Aguascalientes in the night. Some parents bring their kids on the back of their bikes. Some come with girlfriends, boyfriends, cousins, parents... some come with dogs. :D
We have a lot lot looot of fun and no language barriers as bikes is what we have in common, and sometimes I have even more fun without knowing Spanish.
Bikes? There is more than just "a 2-wheel-thing that moves". All the colors and models you want or can imagine you will find here. The best for me are the vintage ones with baskets in front and little mirrors so the driver can see who`s following his or her bike:)
Everything is really good organized. A few days before you can find the map on Facebook page (every week is a different trip so you can never get bored.) About 50 people are guiding and helping if needed. Police is involved to stop the car traffic for us. There is always a truck in case any bikes need some technical aid. There are even people responsible for cheering up and making us move faster when we feel like getting tired. And finally all of us are involved in making Aguascalientes a more pleasant place on Tuesday evenings saying hello and smiling to all those who are waiting for us on the street.
I remember last time two kids were choosing their favorite bike. But their eyes could not stop at one as we were so so many... I wish they will have a bike like the one they finally chosen.
The best moments:
one. We countdown before starting the ride :)
two. The first minute when the crowd starts to move, because you feel part of a big, happy, and crazy team.
three. The next hour enjoying the ride next to that big, happy, and crazy team.
four. The end. The last 5 minutes riding on the avenue and we see the finish point - the San Marcos Church waiting for us.
And it doesn`t matter if you are a kid, student, a old man, you sell tacos, or you are a stranger from Moldova. Rodada is for those who like biking in the nights:)
p.s. we moved in Guanajuato for 3 days because this place is special...