Day Three of The Errandonnee Challenge

Day Three 18 Miles and 2 more categories.

I rode out to a coffee shop that was having an Art Class- offered through a meetup group that I am a member of. During this ride, I realized that I should be more selective of the bicycle that I choose for my commutes according to the terrain that I will be riding on. I took my FAT Bike again and I should have taken my CX Bike. The route I chose was very, very hilly and the wind was not acting as my friend today. The class was super fun and I discovered some new techniques that I can apply to my drawing artwork.

Afterwards, I met my family and my little 3 year old niece for dinner. We had House of Hunan’s Chinese food.  I listened to music  on this errandonne as it helps make a long commute relaxing and fun.

The photo’s below are of the Art Meet Up & The yummy Chinese food that I enjoyed with my family.

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Day Two of The Errandonnee Challenge

Day two- I got 22 Miles in and completed 3 more errands- gaining one more category and my 2nd riding after dark commute/errandonne.

First I stopped at Osherlin’s, a tractor supply feed shop. On this ride I learned that I need to really check over my panniers and make sure they are tightly secure to my rear bicycle rack. I jumped a curve as I crossed the street leading to Osherlin’s and a pannier flew off.  A guy thankfully pulled up by me and let me know this. I didn’t hear it fall.

It was raining and snowing and awfully cold out, so I decided to stop of at the bike shop on my way back home. I figured it was midway from where I was at and home. I also wanted to check out some pricing of bike trailers for hauling camping gear and groceries this summer. I discovered that ski goggles is the way to go in weather conditions such as this. They worked great. I highly recommend the anti-fog goggles if you decide to go the same route for winter biking.

I rode home, let my dog out and cleaned up a little before I headed out for a map reading/orienteering meetup with my fellow Adventure Races racing friends. I checked to make sure my front light and tail light was working properly and away I went sloshing through the snow. The meet up was fun and I am super excited to my second Adventure Race later on this year. I really need to get a bicycling gps system before I do more hardcore commuting & alley cat/hustle races. I lost my bearing twice on this errandonne.. on the way there and on the way home.. fortunately, I only went a few miles out of my way.

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Errandonnee Challenge: DAY ONE

Today I rode a total of 25 Miles. Not bad as the challenge only requires 30 Miles. I also completed 5 errands from 5 of the 12 categories (or controls). My first stop was at Cycle Works, our local bike shop. I checked out some cycle computers and discovered that they don’t have any setups for FAT Bike tire diameters yet.. so my other option will be looking into a cycling gps system at another time.

My 2nd stop was at the QP Hardware Shop. On the way there I decided that anti-fog ski goggles would have been a good thing to wear on my errands commute today. A scarf and sunglasses didn’t mix well… at all.

By this time I was running out of energy (not really, but that was a good enough excuse for me to go get a hot coffee drink). I headed over to the coffee shop for a caramel macchiato- (lots of calories, I know, but-) I’m biking, what the hell. Stop 3- Yum.

Errandonnee 4- Art Studio- I love this place. I love Art. I stopped by to visit with an art instructor and check out the monthly fee for classes. $60/month 1.5 hours once a week. Something to think about, perhaps twice a year??? We’ll see.

Errandonnee 5- off to work. Kinda lost my bearings.  Hmmm, perhaps a bicycle gps WOULD be a good thing. Very expensive though. I’ll have to find a creative way to save up for one.

I traveled to a trail head that eventually lead me to a gravel rode that took me out to my hell hole work place.  At the trail head I saw something disturbing.  What???  There was a HUGE sign posted up stating that the trail IS closed and they had a snow fence blocking off about 5ft of the entrance. Yeah, whatever. I went around it and continued ofn my way to work. It was slushy, muddy, icey, cold, windy AND absolutely beautiful out.

After I got to work, I unpacked my bike panniers and changed into work attire. I filled up my thermos with hot tea and brought my usb bike light up to my desk to acquire a full charge before heading off in the dark to ride home this evening.

I can’t wait to enjoy the commute home.

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Welcome

This blog is intended to share my bicycling adventures: commuting, bicycle challenges, club rides,  races, trips and anything to do with the world of bicycling as I see it. Today is Valentine’s Day 2013 and I am going to start off my blog with a challenge I read about on FB last night. I go so excited about it. I immediately printed off the rules and started preparing for my first day of this challenge.

The challenge is as follows:  Errandonnee: Complete 12 errands in 12 days and ride a total of 30 miles by bike between February 9-20. Here’s the link to the challenge:http://chasingmailboxes.com/2013/02/05/winter-challenge-the-errandonnee/