It all seemed to good to be true, especially after my wife went outside and announced that it was very cold and the weather forecast agreed, at least for the morning when we were getting started. We bundled up more than we initially intended, packed up the bags with spare clothes (our youngest is abandoning diapers this week) and snacks, put on the child seats and headed out on a bike ride! The ride is generally flat, which is helpful when carting around boys - my bike was as heavy as it would be for loaded touring. We followed the bike path then Mass Ave right into Harvard Square. We found our friends on the curve right before the Elliot Bridge, in the sun and, amazingly, out of the wind. We enjoyed watching the big boats fly past - the double oared four person boats and eight person boats really move:
Our friend is a former coxwain and raced in the Head of the Charles in his college years. He loved the spot for its view and comfort (he had his 10 year old twins with him and they enjoyed the heat of the sun as we did) but wished he could watch the near misses under the bridge, which he tells me is one of the cruxes of the race, where boats sometimes collide, or at least lose time as they maneuver safely through in a crowd.
We left after a quick lunch on the bikes (at least the boys were sitting down) and then headed to the Arlington Center for the Arts and their open studios. We saw this watercolor print in various formats:
That water tower is the goal on hill training rides for many people. There were other local artists, including Emily Garfield from Somerville, who paints pictures of imaginary maps, which I really enjoyed and would like to have in my house one day: