Just regular errand days these last two days. Yesterday, I was faced with a closing shop in 30 minutes and I had to immediately decide whether to go or not and then whether to go by car or bike. Quick as a flash, I was on the bike and heading over to do my business. It is becoming easier and easier the more I choose my bike over car to continue choosing my bike over the car. I would like to say that it's second nature but there is still that initial "well...maybe just this once..." It's easy to convince yourself that driving is the only way but I'm slowly peeling away that habit. I feel like my attitude towards biking switched over suddenly one day when I went from telling myself "If I can, I will bike there" to instead telling myself "If I can bike there, I will." It was a subtle shift but very effective. Biking seems a lot more feasible now that I don't give myself as many excuses not to ride.
Had an event at the Sacramento Zoo today so I strapped and loaded up the Mundo (including the Ez-Up tent) and rode the 3+ miles to the zoo. Today was terribly windy and with all the crud in the air, the ride there was less fun than it should have been. We got through the day, catching flying papers and keeping the tent from blowing away. I ended up using the Mundo to help hold the tent down and the Yuba Straps were great to keep the tablecloth on the table. I managed to get everything back on the bike by myself and ride home. The only problem I had was that the tent was too far forward without a pedal pocket and I was too lazy to stop and adjust (both on the way and back). Next time, I will be more careful to leave room for my heel, especially for longer rides. I am certainly getting better at loading up the bike with more things and in a sturdier and more stable fashion. It did help to blast a little Michael Franti on the way home--passed a couple of cruiser riders while singing "all the freaky people make the beauty of the world." Amen.
This is us. We're fun.