These last few days of biking have been pretty uninspiring as I haven't been feeling very inspired. I managed to squeak in a ride to Trader Joe's for much needed groceries and a stop for our CSA Full Belly box (and my mom's, too, since she offered to watch the boys just so I could sneak onto my bike). I feel like I'm dragging along during the last stretch of the 30 Days of Biking. The commitment is still keeping me getting on my bike but I'm feeling the effects--less of the physical strain and more of the mental strain of adding in that one extra challenge. It is so much easier sometimes to hop in a car and go so sometimes it feels like the bike is the straw that is breaking my sanity.
That said, the second I am on my bike again, I forget the rest of my crazy day and plans and schedules and I ride happily. There is nothing better than getting on a bike in the warm spring air and plodding along. The ride was only about five miles but it was plenty. I was able to carry more than I had carried before, using the crate, an old pannier, the Peanut Shell, and the utility deck. Sadly, in my haste, I didn't strap the gallon of milk in very well and it fell off the pannier during my ride, creating a small leak in the plastic. I moved it to the top of the CSA boxes and got home as quickly as I could with such a terribly balanced load (my mental state doesn't help my spacial relations planning). My veggies were a little more milky than I usually like them but I was proud of my accomplishment and the fact that I was still able to stay out of the car, even if it was just for one errand.
Very tippy, the Stand Alone almost couldn't hold it up and my cereal boxes were a bit crushed.
Biggest load yet! We're on a smoothy kick--hence the number of bananas and frozen fruit.
Milk down!!! Luckily it has been saved and is waiting patiently--and classily--in a glass pitcher.