Last Saturday I was a determined man. With a rare day all to myself I set out on the bike to put a few miles on the clock and take care of a few errands… now, if only there were some way to combine going for a bike ride with running errands in some kind of time limited, rule based annual challenge…
But wait, there is such a thing! I am, of course, referring to the Chasing Mailboxes Errandonnee Challenge 2014.
I’ve already taken care of my first errand which also took care of over half the required mileage for the entire challenge and ticked off one ‘after dark’ recommendation.
Errand #2 is shoe-horned into the ‘personal care’ category but might have to be moved into the ‘wild card’ category later on if going to the cashpoint / ATM for cash doesn’t qualify as personal care.
Errand #3 was a trip to ‘any store that is not the grocery store’ to collect my cycling jacket which I dropped off last week to have a new zip fitted. The only problem was, I couldn’t pick up my jacket because they tried to screw me on the price and I ended up storming out the shop after having a row with the stupid woman behind the counter. Grrr. Anyway, even though I technically didn’t complete my errand, it still counts.
Errand #4 was a much happier experience as it was a trip to my local bike shop to a) pick up some bits and bobs I needed for my Troll, b) hang out with my friends who own the place, and c) cheer myself up after the awful experience in the previous store. So, I guess it could qualify as either ‘bike shop’, ‘community meeting’ or ‘personal care & health’… I think we’ll go with ‘bike shop’.
With my faith in humanity restored, swag from the bike shop stuffed in my saddle bag and the sun shining, I decided to take the extra long way home and stopped to take a picture of a squirrel sitting on a fallen tree, eating a nut. I swear he was there… the little blighter sat there muching away waiting for me to get my camera out and, just as I was focusing, ran off… you can just make him at right at the far end.
So, I guess the thing I learned is that squirrels are mischievous.
Total combined mileage for these 3 errands: at least 25.
Oh, here’s a gratuitous shot of my Surly Ogre, for no particular reason.