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Biking to Telegraph Hill

My bike was transportation; Mom didn’t drive
But sometimes I sped off on an adventure
To Telegraph Hill the miles were only five
Big sis and I made the ride a joint venture

What she didn’t know was the trek was uphill
Although one could coast nearly all the way back
The journey before us sis tried to fulfill
Red faced, she screamed, “I’m having a heart attack!”

“Keep pedaling,” I said, “we’ve two miles to go.”
It was then we made the ice cream sundae bet
The last one home would have to shell out the dough
By determination my sis was beset

At the top of the hill I took a brief rest
I looked down the long road; sis was not in sight
I was just eleven and filled with such zest
The exhilarating ride gave me delight

Far down the road, sis was attempting to ride
Her pace was slow; on her face was a scowl
I called to her, “Hey, just put the bet aside!”
She was closer now; I thought I heard her growl

Eleven years older, she’d something to prove
Heading back I soared past her down the steep hill
When my sis reached the top, she could barely move
More than a ride, this was a test of her will

About an hour after I arrived at home
I washed up and changed for my big ice cream treat
She came into view; in her mouth I saw foam
Sis was walking her bike, her trip incomplete

At age twenty-two, she collapsed in the yard
Mumbling something about sibling rivalry
She’d never dreamed a ten-mile trip would be hard
Mom tried to take her to the infirmary

The sundae? It was yummy, but sweeter still
Was beating my over-confident sister
My big sis had failed in this arduous drill
Her aches told me this ride would not reoccur

*Entry for Gwen’s “My Bicycle” contest.  (True Story)

Copyright © Carolyn Devonshire

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  1. Date: 5/18/2012 4:10:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win in Gwen's "My Bicycle" contest Carolyn. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 5/18/2012 11:23:00 AM

  1. Date: 5/18/2012 10:18:00 AM
    Excellent and entertaining write....enjoyed your triumph over your sister : ) Congrats on your win!

  1. Date: 5/18/2012 8:55:00 AM
    What a wonderful story, Carolyn!! Sibling rivelry sometimes lasts a lifetime, ...I still try to outdo my big brother! What a fun story you have written!! Congratulations!

  1. Date: 5/18/2012 5:49:00 AM
    What a wonderful story, Carolyn, like Andrea's entry we get here, more than a bike ride, it tells me that kids and bikes are mainly the same all over the world. just love this, love to you, harry

  1. Date: 5/18/2012 4:55:00 AM
    a wonderful retelling of a memory i'm sure you'll never forget. congrats on your win!

  1. Date: 5/18/2012 2:15:00 AM
    Congratulations Carolyn, sisters hey xx

  1. Date: 5/18/2012 1:32:00 AM
    Carolyn congrats on your win, love it..David

  1. Date: 5/17/2012 9:04:00 PM
    Kuddos!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) A deserved win, dear Carolyn! Have a lovely night! Ruben.

  1. Date: 5/17/2012 9:04:00 PM
    Kuddos!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) A deserved win, dear Carolyn! Have a lovely night! Ruben.

  1. Date: 5/17/2012 8:44:00 PM
    haha, what a tale that was, Carolyn. Is this the sis you have told me of recently? I sure enjoyed this one. Congrats on your win.

  1. Date: 5/17/2012 8:43:00 PM
    Oh I remeber this one. I expected to see it in the winning columns. Congratulations. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 4/30/2012 1:53:00 PM
    lol, you should send her this one - loved it

  1. Date: 4/28/2012 4:21:00 PM
    Rhyming 'rivalry' with 'infirmary,' was masterful! (sorry about the masculine reference, but 'mistress-ful' just doesn't fit, does it?!) Sweetly rhymed. with an energetic cadence and engaging storyline! Well done, CD! Love Keith

  1. Date: 4/25/2012 2:02:00 PM
    It strange how much you can do at the age you mention Carolyn, and i'll bet you can still feel the pedals!

  1. Date: 4/24/2012 2:25:00 PM
    The San Francisco region, eh? I believe it. My son lives across from Golden Gate Park and when I visit, I stay away from the hilly parts. Good adventure. LOve, daver

  1. Date: 4/24/2012 12:46:00 PM
    Wonderful poem, enjoyed a true Story of you and your Sis. Loved much and wish you the best in the contest, loved always, bl

  1. Date: 4/24/2012 12:24:00 PM
    Hi! Keep up the good work Carolyn!!! Good luck in the contest! xoxo - Laila

  1. Date: 4/24/2012 10:35:00 AM
    Very well written, dear Carolyn! Good luck in the contest with this funny entry. Ruben.

  1. Date: 4/24/2012 10:32:00 AM
    Very entertaining story Carolyn, great one on sibling rivalry something we all experienced so we can relate to, thanks for the great sharing hugs vie