the final countdown

 

Here’s the final roundup of my Chasing Mailboxes Errandonnee Challenge 2014 activities, complete with gratuituous shots of various things (because I know how much you love ’em).

carradice bagErrand #1: cycling home from work | category: work | miles: 16 | thing I learned / observed: cycling in the city sucks but cycling in the ‘burbs is great | bonus: completed after dark | lighting method: hub dynamo powered front & rear lamps | full write up of errand #1: karma police

1795689_10152477967614863_2101079586_nErrand #2: getting cash from the cashpoint | category: personal care and health | miles: 25 (combined for errands #2 – #4) | thing I learned / observed: working a cashpoint with winter cycling gloves isn’t easy

Errand #3: collecting my cycling jacket from the tailor | category: any store that is not the grocery store | miles: 25 (combined for errands #2 – #4) | thing I learned / observed: I’ll never, EVER be using that place again

1150889_10152479810654863_1223898250_nErrand #4: picking up new parts from the bike shop | category: bike shop | miles: 25 (combined for errands #2 – #4) | thing I learned / observed: squirrels are mischievous | full write up for errands #2 – #4: two out of three ain’t bad

1429_10152479811194863_2052334176_n10009298_10152479810914863_53493360_n1625498_10152490374934863_2131819612_nErrand #5: buying an emergency shirt for work | category: any store that isn’t the grocery store | miles: 6 | thing I leaned / observed: it’s best to check what you’re buying before you pay for it | full write up of errand #5: not what I wanted

1911975_10152497900984863_349481395_nErrand #6: picking up my cycling jacket from the tailor (again) | category: wild card | miles: 20 (I went for a pootle in the woods on the way back) | thing I learned / observed: not all squirrels are mischievous

Errand #7: taking the Troll out for a shakedown ride | category: wild card | miles: 20 (combined with errand #6) | thing I learned / observed: my mountain biking skills are as rusty as a 30 year old Volkswagen but my new off road tyres [given to me for free by my friends in the bike shop] are brilliant! | full write up of errand #6 & #7: see my vest

1966682_10152494672014863_1843677791_n1897882_10152500817569863_291579638_nErrand #8: picking up chocolate chips & soured cream | category: grocery store | miles: 25 | thing I learned / observed: ‘Elvis Milkshake’ slices are deelish | full write up of errand #8: walking in Memphis

Errand #9: training ride | category: personal care & health | miles: 33 (also covers errands #10 & #11) | thing I learned / observed: My Surly Ogre tows my BOB Yak beautifully (today was the first time I’d taken them out together)

Surly Ogre BOB Yak 21975166_10152511519219863_948438478_nErrand #10: stopping for lunch | category: breakfast or lunch | miles: 33 (combined for errands #9 – #11) | thing I learned / observed: I have an unhealthy addiction to sandwiches, particularly when they’re made with thick, soft bread

1526096_10152511518469863_1919541855_nErrand #11: trip to the farm shop for emergency banana | category: grocery store | miles: 33 (combined for errands #9 – #11) | thing I learned / observed: bananas have actual magical powers | full write up of errands #9 – #11: live is life

Surly Ogre BOB Yak 1Errand #12: commuting home from work | category: work | miles: 10 | thing I learned / observed: I might not always like it, but I’m grateful to have a good job | bonus: completed after dark (lighting method: hub dynamo powering front & rear lamps) | full write up of errand #12: why don’t you get a job?

1947761_10152514988714863_1039945336_nDisclaimers / rule benders / pleas for leniency:

  • Some of the mileage in here is estimated and / or rounded but there’s clearly no question over whether I completed the minimum 30 miles for the entire challenge
  • I’ve noticed I didn’t take pictures per se for errands #2 & #3 but there are bonus pictures of me / my bikes / cake which hopefully make up for it
  • Number of different categories used: 7
  • Total mileage: 135 miles (roughly)
  • Bonus: 2 errands completed after dark
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