Standing at the intersection of Rt. 66 and Beaver on Friday, I caught this lovely, silver haired lady as she sailed past me on her Specialized. She looked blissfully in the moment. I wondered where she had come from and where she was going. Her joyful facial expression told me she was having a great day. My photo does not begin to capture how beautiful she is; the new face of the woman over a certain age. I hope this is what a life of bike commuting and exercise does for one.
Once at the other side of the intersection I headed over to Beaver Street Brewery for lunch with Deb, president of the Habitat for Humanity Flagstaff Board of Directors to discuss a Tweed ride this spring as a "soft" fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity. We discussed the connection between transportation choices like bike commuting and affordable housing. In a pricy community like Flagstaff, housing becoming more affordable when residents have inexpensive transportation options that lessen the need to depend on cars, which are often a financial ball and chain.