After picking up the bike, I decided to take the long way home along the American River Parkway. As I was leaving, I could hear car tires screeching in the distance and engines revving like crazy. It was definitely the best decision for my sanity. Along the American River, I had a leisurely trip. I was riding the BionX Breezer but was on pretty low assist because I was almost out of battery. It was enough to negate the headwind and still feel like I was having fun. I ran into a friend at the beginning of the trail, my mom a bit farther down, and my dad a short while after.
I stopped at Trader Joe's before heading home to pick up a couple of staples. Since the city still hasn't approved their bike rack renovations, I've started pulling my bike straight into the shop and locking it up in front of customer service. I wish I had gotten a photo of my panniers with the Strider sticking out the back and the toilet paper rolls bungeed to the rack.
In the end, I had a lovely day. I led a bike ride with 10 5th graders around their school, got a bit of work done, played with the kiddos, and had a full bike ride. Can't wait for June--Drive Your Car Month! Let's see how many bike trips I can replace by car! How many miles will you pledge?