I work in Orange City, which is ten miles away from the town where I live. Commuting is out of the question, both due to time restraints, and high speed traffic on narrow roads. I have a half hour lunch break, which I usually spend going for a walk.
Evil Commited: Tossing my bike in the back of the jeep to run errands during my break.
Now, if I were taking mass-transit with a Brompton or something of that ilk, we would call this multi-modal errandonuering. What I'm doing is just stubbornness winning over sense.
7. Grocery Store
Destination: Fareway Grocery
|The indignities our bikes suffer, without a word of complaint|
Lesson/Observation. The Schwinn fits remarkably easily into the back of my jeep, though only with the back seat down. I have heard of this bike rack things, but the one I own, I do not trust.
This morning I left for work in a great hurry, leaving hat and scarf behind. The resulting frozen ears I took as penance for my unsportsmanlike behavior. Unfortunately I had only 25 minutes for break, plus strong winds to deal with, so I failed to reach the needed 2.5 on this errand. These errands better start bringing the miles or I'm in trouble.
I was also spotted by a coworker at the grocery store, and forced to explain myself when I got back. Unsurprisingly (though understandably) they universally regard me as having taken leave of my senses. One of my coworkers is a RAGBRAI veteran, but the cold weather convinced even her that I was out of my mind.
Lesson: Be sneaky, or be regarded as insane.
8. Non-Grocery Store
Destination: Bomgaar's (Farm Supply and Hardware)
Bike: Schwinn Suburban
|The Schwinn in the sun by the sand tubes|
Four Errands to complete...
Nine Miles to travel...
One Day to do them in...