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.