Rain was expected yesterday; instead there was a fine mist all day. Perfect for a first attempt at the Winter Challenge Errandonnee. On one 16.4 mile trip, I managed to knock off ten of the twelve control options. Here’s the report.
Errand 1: First stop was a small local bike shop, where I acquired a couple of caps for valve stems. Nice people at this shop, and they’ve sold me accessories, and done a little maintenance on my ancient Italian folder in the past. Category 1: Bike Shop
Errand 2: Next stop was another local bike shop a couple of miles away. I’ve bought some accessories and clothing here; today I was asking about fingerless mitts, but I’ll have to check back once the spring stock is in, around March, to see if they have anything I can use. Category 1: Bike Shop
Errand 3: Returned 8 books to the library. Amazingly easy. Category 9: Library
Bonus shot: 7 hardback books and 1 paperback virtually disappear into the voluminous Brompton T bag.
Errand 4: At the office supply shop I learned that the glossy business card pack I need so that I can print more of Basil’s cards is out of stock. Category 7: Not A Grocery Store
Errand 5: Bought cat bed at pet store. Copious numbers were in stock. Relieved to see that at least one serious errand will be knocked off on this trip. Category 10: Wild Card
Errand 6: At the sewing pattern store, I learned that the pattern I’ve been waiting a month for is still out of stock. Category 7: Not A Grocery Store
Errand 7: So I found a miniature traditional fruit tart, and ate that. Category 3: Dessert
Bonus shot: The fruit tart. Loved filling, loved the glaceed fruit, didn’t care much for the crust, didn’t eat it. Perfectly nice crust; I just don’t care much for most tart crusts.
Errand 8: Having sinned, went to local organic store and bought yoga book in order to further healthy living. I’m calling this “health/personal care” since no doctor’s office is anywhere I can ride (rural roads, no shoulders). Ditto hair cutter, which I avoid, anyway, like the plague, and I don’t do massage, nails, or anything like. However, I plan to over-achieve with more than 12 errands, in case MG disallows this rather lawyerly interpretation. (Though if a beer run counts, surely a yoga resource run should, don’t you think?) Category 8: Personal Care
Errand 9: Ate dinner at local Mexican place. Forgot to tell server I don’t eat rice and beans. The huge stuffed poblano chili was more than sufficient, and tasty. Note Basil, tucked discreetly beneath the table. (The trim on his saddle bag is just visible at the lower right.) Category 5: Dinner
Errand 10: Small neighborhood grocery. First time there. Sells nothing healthy. Bought newspaper. Category 6: Grocery Store, also NIGHT.
Switched to basket for the night run. Bonus shot: the newspaper.
Lights: Cateye HL-EL135N Bicycle Head Light and Portland Design Works Danger Zone Tail Light in irregular flashing mode.
Bonus shot: Tron.
Stats: 10 Errands in 8 Categories with 1 Night Ride, 16.4 Miles Total