I finally took the plunge and got some biking shoes and clips for my bike. Sweet relief. The guy at the store gave Erik and I the whole run down on how to use them and described what it would look like to fall off. (Erik actually used some of his money to buy himself a bike which fits his tall self). I of course thought to myself, nah, that couldn't possibly happen to me.
The first day available I took off and figured out how to get my shoes in the clips and YES, they are awesome. It is so much easier to bike and use all the muscles etc to burn up the road - ha ha. Having gotten through the first four miles, I neglected to test out getting out of the clips and was forced to come to a stop by one of those annoying cars at a cross way. First try with my right foot and my foot did not come out. Second try with the left foot and I was already headed down to pavement land. Meeting the pavement I just started laughing my head off. I am sure I looked pretty looney with my feet stuck on my pedals and laughing on the ground.
Learned my lesson, got back on the 'horse' and took less pains to figure out how to get out of the pedals. Slow prideful learner am I.