She did it! Just as planned, my niece rode off on the first try. She then went on to ride around about 30 minutes while I stood and tried to get a good video of it with my phone.
Here's what I got: phone format video (66k)
It was such a privilege to get to have this moment with someone. Her excitement and newly acquired confidence just radiated. She even went on to use only one hand to steer because the other was needed to brush the curls off her cheeks. Of course, then she started showing off a bit and nearly got her first road rash.
A little later we made our way downtown to Ivanna Cone. Her blueberry treat was so tasty she said she wanted to go back there next time instead of trying a different place.
I also rode down shaded side streets and through alleys to get a bamboo sushi mat which I used later to roll some tuna sushi. Was a good day.