First of all, the winds have died down quite a bit (down to less than 15 mph regularly) so biking has become enjoyable again.
Second, I have expanded my journeys. Before, if I needed to go to the post office, the bank, the vet, etc., I'd combine errands only if there were fairly close to each other. Not any more. This past month, I've been biking all over town, sometimes 1-1/2 or 2 hours at a time, going this way and that - getting errands done all in one day and enjoying the long and relaxed, but productive rides through the streets of Bryan-College Station. Sure it's getting warm (routinely in the high 80s and low 90s) and I'm pretty sweaty and stinky by the time I get home, but I've never had so much fun.
Advantages of consolidating more of these errands is 1) I get more done at a time which means I have more time for long stretches doing yard work and gardening and 2) it's just so darn much fun!
And in more Pedal Power news, I've even been biking around with a friend of mine (who also gets around town during the week by bike). We've met for coffee, lunch, and run errands together on our bikes. Isn't everything more fun with a friend?
So get on our there and pedal your way to a healthier you, completed errands (gasoline free), and wonderful friendship. Pedal power rocks!