Rolling down Going Street
Past road construction & the green recycling truck
Weaving across commuter lanes
Holding the apron strings of the cyclist in front of me.
I take the sidewalk- a truck blocked my bike lane.
The girl behind me follows.
I feel happy inside leading us to safety.
Crossing the Broadway Bridge,
I drop into the Pearl.
A few more blocks and I'm under the 405.
[Stop and check map]
I'm one block from my destination-
A meeting of cycling ladies in Portland.
I feel simultaneously nervous & right at home.
I have arrived.