After devouring a couple of tofu scramble burritos for breakfast, I went for my Sunday morning ride where I came across this little bit of pavement graffiti. I wasn't quite sure if it was telling me to be vegan or if it was cheering me on because I am vegan. I appreciate it either way.
Because man cannot live on burritos alone, I stopped for some iced coffee. I had a black and white mocha with almond milk. It was delicious.
The osprey cheered me on too.
I achieved a new milestone. I rode no handed for what must have been a whole five seconds. Since I don't have the greatest balance I won't be making a habit of it.
I can't believe its been four months since I last updated this blog. It's not that I haven't been riding, I just haven't taken many pictures. It feels as if I keep seeing the same things over and over, and I just couldn't seem to get inspired enough to pull the camera out of the bag.......until today.
So here goes nothin'. Time to get back in the swing of things.
To start things off here's the ever popular over the handlebars shot-Pavement Edition.
This group wants nothing to do with me and I don't blame them. I must have approached from upwind. I didn't take a shower until after my ride.
I'm not a real big fan of paddle boats. Because my legs are so long, I always end up sitting on the back of the seat in order to be able to pedal without getting a knee in the chin. At least with a bike I can raise the saddle into the stratosphere if I need to.
Another over the handlebar shot. This time it's the Gravel Edition.
I took this B/W shot down low for the sake of a little variety.
My second deer sighting of the day. The first was nothing but a blur.
On the way back home I came across the course for the triathlon being held today. Apparently, triathletes aren't the brightest bulbs in the box.
As Monday is my normal day off during the week, it tends to be the day I run most of my errands. I was able to knock five of them off of my to do list while at the same time, complete this years' Errandonnee challenge.
With spring coming it seemed like a good time to get a haircut. Indoor parking is always a bonus.
Category: Personal Care and Health
Distance: 7.5 miles
Observation: The best errands always include free coffee.
I stopped at the credit union to pick up some check registers. It's good to stay in balance.
Category: Wild Card
Distance: 2.1 miles
Observation: As long as you're in the neighborhood you might as well stop.
I came here thinking that I didn't need anything, but I left with a couple of saddle locks, which are wire cords that you loop through the saddle rails. As long as the would-be thief isn't carrying a sharp pair of scissors, I think our Brooks should be safe.
Category: Bike Shop
Distance: 0.7 miles
Observation: You never know when you are going to find something you didn't know you needed.
We needed coffee beans and I needed something hot to drink. The beans ended up being ok, but the mexican hot chocolate ended up being the best I've ever had.
Category: Coffee of Dessert
Distance: 1.5 miles
Observation: I will stay somewhere much longer if I can keep my bike in sight.
The final stop of the day was to pick up some "grape juice" to go with dinner.
Category: Any Store That is Not a Grocery Store
Distance: 9.6 miles
Observation: The best wine chiller is a pannier in winter.
So, the final numbers for the 2014 Errandonnee Challenge are:
12 errands from 7 categories
Total Distance: 45.9 miles
Observation: I think I've done as many errands by bike in the last 2 weeks as I have in the past 2 years.
I'm hoping that next year, instead of doing errands by bike specifically to meet the challenge, the errands will be things I'm doing already. Completing the challenge will just be a bonus.
Big thanks to MJ for helping to kick-start my use of a bike for a purpose.
Last month I received an Albastache handlebar (handlebars?) from Rivendell Bicycle Works to replace the Salsa Woodchippers I had been using for the last three years. I put it on right away, but with the way the weather has been lately, I didn't get a chance to get out for a ride to tweak the setup until last week. As Sunday was my day off from errandonneuring, I decided to spend my day wrapping and shellacking. Total wrapping time ended up being about five hours (I had to start over about a million times) plus three coats of shellac.
So now, without further ado, I present the finished product.
I sure hope these bars live up to all the hoopla*, I don't want to go through that again any time soon.
*I'm not really sure if there is any hoopla about this bar, I just wanted to say Hoopla.** **Plus, I wanted to use asterisks.