With more wonderful weather today, I decided to perform my errands by bike. Â First was a quick visit to Greyhouse Coffee for a Bulldog Root Beer and some web surfing. Â The bike racks near the shop were full, so I had to find a place down the street.
Next, I rode across the river to the downtown bus depot to catch a ride to the east side of town. As I waited for the 11:15, I noticed families dressed in green walking to the parking lot. Â It was then I realized that I had just missed the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade over the Myers Pedestrian Bridge. Â Maybe next year.
Maybe taking the bus up the big hill is a cop out, but I enjoyed the ride – and the rest.
Not surprised to find out that there is no bike rack at the Comcast office. Â After leaning the bike on the window (so I could watch it from inside) I took my place in line. Â The new digital cable box I picked up was smaller than expected, and it fit easily in my pannier briefcase along with my laptop.
A quick stop at Jethro’s BBQ brought me a tasty lunch, including my 2nd root beer of the day – a TripleXXX.
Next stop was Lowe’s hardware – about two blocks to the north. Â The intersection of Creasy and South streets is a busy intersection, and there are no special facilities for cycling. Â However, a vehicular cyclist like myself has no problem taking his lane and getting where he needs to go.
I picked up a paint scraper and some light bulbs. Â These two items fit in my grocery sack pannier with the bike lock and some other stuff.
Heading home I had no problem riding down the same hill that the bus helped me up. Â Too bad I always seem to hit the red light at the bottom.
Riding the final leg on South River Road, I started feeling the sunburn on my arms, and the week’s worth of riding in my legs, along with a strong thirst in my mouth. Â Apparently, two root beers isn’t enough liquid for this long of a ride! A lesser man would have made the call for a pickup, but I instead decided to tough out the last five miles.
I have declared this ride a success, and I look forward to many more this year.
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