A shiny bright red bike, a warm spring day & a little girl in Mary Jane shoes

Chris Janni - Simi Valley, CA

A shiny bright red bike, a warm spring day & a little girl in Mary Jane shoes

My frist bike was given to me when I was five years old in 1968. My family tradition has it that for your fifth birthday, you receive and learn to ride a bike. I have the picture that was taken the day I learned to ride. A shiny bright red bike, a warm spring day and a little girl in Mary Jane shoes - also red! - with an awful haircut and a big proud smile.

I wanted to do something indulgent for myself for my 40th birthday, so I arranged to go to Italy for a regional bike tour. Me on a bike with a guide for a week. I have a photo that was taken by my guide in front of a beautiful historic home in northern Italy. A shiny bright red bike, a warm spring day and a grown-up girl in the exact same pose and big proud smile."

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