And this month, I've been pushing my limits - biking to new places I wouldn't have considered biking before, and continuing to step up my time on the bike going out for longer periods of time to get several errands done around town at a time.
Unfortunately, this is the only photo that I remembered to take of my more amusing rides. That's the new stainless steel saucepan I bought at Parker-Astin (our local hardware store) bungee-corded to the back. Other trips brought back two 24-packs of toilet paper bungee-corded to the back (no telling what people were thinking as they passed), and (my personal favorite) the day I took my "$10 off $60" coupon to Village Foods and was trying to figure out what we could stock up on so I could get the $10 off. I ended up filling both sides of the bike basket with kitty litter containers, then bungee-corded a box on top of the baskets which held canned goods.
Anyone who hauls things around on their bike is probably thinking the same thing - THAT'S SOME SERIOUS WEIGHT. Um, yeah. It was. I was a little wobbly starting out, but let's just say I was extremely thankful to have hit all the lights on green so I didn't have to stop and start after initially pulling out of the grocery parking lot. Pshew!
I did have a blow-out on my front tire. No idea what happened, but the hole in the tire (through to the tube was several inches long). There's no way you pump that back up. Thankfully, I wasn't in the middle of a long ride when it happened so I didn't get stranded or anything. And... I took the tire off by myself, took it to the repair shop by myself, and put the tire back on by myself. For you hard core bikers, I know this sounds wimpy, but I was pretty proud of having taken care of it having only watched Dave do it once. Baby steps, right?
With many more successful errands biked around town this month, I'm more empowered than ever. Each month, I'm a stronger biker (100 plus degree weather or not) - going farther and doing more on two-wheels than I ever would have imagined. Pedal Power seriously rocks!