Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Pedal Power Update - October 2009

It was an amazing month for biking. Not only has the weather been cooler, far more conducive for enjoying long bike rides, but I've also been challenging myself to go further and further distances. In fact, I took my longest ride ever this past month - 20 miles. It was exhausting and I was glad my baskets were stocked with water, but it exhilarating to have pushed my limits to greater lengths. And darn-it, it just felt gooooood!

Dave and I biked together a couple times as well. The photos here are from our trip to the produce market for local fruit. I often get questions about how I get things like that home. Question no more! The second photo is of our bikes. You should be able to see the rubbermaid container bungee corded onto the top of my baskets. This comes in handy for more than fruit. This is how I take my recycling to the recycle facility as well. When all else fails, get the bungee!

Now that I've done my 20 mile ride, I'm feeling pretty unstoppable. Really, that's the farthest I would ever need to go to run an errand in town, which means I can do most anything without the need of a car... well, except refilling the 2-5 gallon water jugs from Jacob's Well. There's a weight issue there...

This past month also featured an addition to my lovely bike - fenders! After missing a much anticipated talk because of rain earlier in the day (aka when I headed to campus for the talk, I was gone only 15 minutes before I was completely covered in mud, gave up, and biked back home), Dave fitted my bike for some fancy fender action. No more mud splatter for this gal!

So these days, I've feeling sassier than ever. Wherever will I ride to next?


Chile said...

Woohoo! Heather's burning up the road!

Love the tote arrangement. Not only is it handy for you, it may inspire others to use their bikes for more than they thought they could.

Heather @ SGF said...

You definitely have to be more creative when you bike to run errands. The tub helps alot. I've even brought home full size watermelons in it. Throws my center of gravity off a bit, but once you get used to it, you can cruise around with just about anything :)

Beany said...

I am a big fan of the bungee. It is quite the versatile tool.

Glad you're getting to experience the wonders of pushing yourself (slowly of course - I am a slow poke when it comes to pushing myself).

You must be inspiring your neighbors. I know I would be.

Heather @ SGF said...

Beany - I had fun testing my limits again today. Not on distance, but I had a 40 minute ride to campus, partially in the rain (in the past, if even the roads were wet, I'd chicken out). Now, I have bike fenders, which are just AWESOME! I made the whole 80 minute round trip without giving myself a mudbath). Man, I love my bike :)