Bike to Breakfast and Home Improvement Store

One of my last bike commutes from the area where we use to live to downtown Reno, NV.

One of my last bike commutes from the area where we use to live to downtown Reno, NV.

A month ago my family and I moved away from Sparks, NV which had been our home for the past three years to the southwest area of Reno, NV. Our new home is much more central to the activities and places where we spend a lot of our time.

Our move has also shortened by bicycle commute from 20 miles roundtrip to 12 miles. It has also shortened the time I'm on the road, especially when riding in the dark or in bad weather.

Although I miss our previous home, neighborhood and the good people we became friends with, I am truly enjoying my new route to and from work as you can see from the photos above! I get to ride through downtown Reno under the Reno Arch, past murals and the beautiful Virginia Lake.

Many, many of our favorite restaurants are along my route to and from work, through downtown Reno, Midtown and southwest Reno. I can't help but look at my GPS computer to note how near to home we are from so many places where we currently like to eat and shop at. Yet there are still so many new places for us to try and explore!

Our cats love the snow and their new home!!

Life has been a whirlwind, each evening and each weekend. Part of that is because we're living life out of boxes and have not yet formed a routine. We're trying to unpack as little as possible because we will be renovating the kitchen and bathrooms and putting in new flooring all throughout our house.

This past Saturday, we finally had a chance to ride our bicycles to breakfast! About 1.5 miles from our home (and along my bicycle commute route) is a restaurant called Josef's Vienna Baker & Café. Located near Moana Lane and Lakeside Drive, this place is a bread and pastry paradise! There was not a designated place or bike rack outside of the restaurant to lock up our bikes so we secured them to a wooden pergola in front of the restaurant's window. That way we can see our bicycles from inside the café and that worked fine for us.

We don't worry too much about what we eat (pictured: Decadent Baked Eggs and Savory Crepes smothered in Hollandaise sauce) when we ride our bicycles.

After breakfast, we rode to a home improvement store (also within miles from our house) to pick up a door sweep and caulk before we returned home. Our entire trip was just over 5-miles.

Then my husband got on his road bike for a quick spin while I took one of our cats for an easy ride down the streets of our new neighborhood. It was "Love Your Pet Day" and we celebrated it with a fun bike ride together!!

Who does not love a bicycle ride?!

We are really blessed to have a home in a neighborhood that is a better fit for our life and is closer for both of us to bike commute to work.

Friday Night Bike Date at Murrieta's Mexican Restaurant

I thought this week would never end. Then BOOM! Friday came and went. My husband and I thought, what better way to usher in the weekend than a date night at one of our favorite restaurants?

This hill is where the 250 feet of elevation gain tacks on to my route. It's a killer after over 9 miles already!

This hill is where the 250 feet of elevation gain tacks on to my route. It's a killer after over 9 miles already!

John had just finished his workout on the bicycle trainer in the garage as I pedaled up to the driveway. Then he was ready to go after a quick hop in the shower (wish it was that easy for me). And down the hill we rolled on our bicycles!

Downhill we go towards the Reno valley below.

Downhill we go towards the Reno valley below.

The restaurant was not far from our house. Less than a mile away and quick to get to. Especially downhill (it's coming back up that is the challenge).

After we arrived at Murrieta's Mexican Restaurant & Cantina, we locked up our bikes together. There's not a bike rack to be seen but since it was a gorgeous summer evening, we planned to sit outside where we can keep an eye on our bikes.

No need for a bike rack if we can chain our bicycles together and sit on the patio where we can see them.

No need for a bike rack if we can chain our bicycles together and sit on the patio where we can see them.

We ordered a pitcher of margarita to sip on before starting our dinner. One of my favorite dish is the Carnitas Rancheras. Tender carnitas in salsa verde, served with guacamole, jalapeno, pico de gallo and flour or corn tortillas. It is served sizzling hot and tastes oh-so-good!

With our bellies full and thirst quenched, we pedaled together slowly up the hill towards home. I love our bike dates because there's always good food, fun on our bicycles and quality time spent with each other!

What are some bike dates that you like to do? I'd love to hear about them!!