Monday, April 23, 2012

Day 21 of 30 Days of Biking: Life, Death, Tacos, and a Better Brain

In Seattle, we have a habit of putting unusual things under bridges.  After we had dropped off our girls at dance, I met Lucia at The Wall of Death under the University bridge. Apparently, THE Wall of Death is not to be confused with any other Wall of Death, so it makes a good meeting spot.

The red poster is shown at the bottom of this page...

Then, we rode out to the Pedlar's Fair to revel in all things bikey. When we arrived, there were four cargo bikes parked among the bikes--more cargo bikes than I have ever seen in one place in Seattle.  The one below has a little toddler's bike tucked on each side as well as seats for two children.  Later we would pass a caravan of three cargo bikes, all pedaled by women.  It was kind of exciting like when you spot a dolphin or whale out on the water.  

Just found out that the owner of this bike is:  The cargo bikes came as part of a Kidical Mass ride.

Russ at The Path Less Pedaled did a wonderful write up of the fair along with great photos like the overview shot below. 

Photo from The Path Less Traveled.

At the fair, we heard that there was a great taco truck nearby, so headed over to check it out.

It was a truck load of delicious.  I'm not fond of "here's what I had for lunch"photos so I'll make it small just to give you an idea.  If you are not looking for the truck, you will miss it.  It's between the new Stone Way Hardware and immediately south of the Safeway on 15th NW in Ballard (5314 15th Ave NW. )

Finally, I  just finished reading the NYT article "How Exercise Could Lead to a Better Brain".  In a previous post, we saw how cycling could make you happier, now the latest research also suggests that it improves our brains too: 
For more than a decade, neuroscientists and physiologists have been gathering evidence of the beneficial relationship between exercise and brainpower. But the newest findings make it clear that this isn’t just a relationship; it is the relationship. Using sophisticated technologies to examine the workings of individual neurons — and the makeup of brain matter itself — scientists in just the past few months have discovered that exercise appears to build a brain that resists physical shrinkage and enhance cognitive flexibility. Exercise, the latest neuroscience suggests, does more to bolster thinking than thinking does.
Let's Roll!
Seattle, WA

PS  Here is what the red poster in the Wall of Death picture is:

1 comment:

  1. I have to admit that I haven't been tempted to check out el camion until seeing your photo. Wish I'd gone after Pedaler's Fair, too!