This weekend, I had a couple of awesome trips. Jose was out of town and the boys and I are taking care of a couple different cats for family that's out of town so that was keeping us busy. We decided to go the Farmer's Market but had to stop and get cash. On our way, we passed a yard sale and they had a big plastic turtle sandbox/wading pool. I've been looking for one of those for the boys and with the summer coming, now was the time to do so. I passed by, however, writing it off because I was on the bike. On our way back, I thought I would just ask how much. $3! I couldn't pass that up! I did some quick checks and sure enough, I was able to strap it onto the side of the Mundo. My seat was a bit cramped but Big Brother was fine and we didn't have far to go so I perched on the saddle and rode to the Market, picked up strawberries and tamales, answered a million questions about the bike and the load, and headed home. I was so excited about both the find and my decision to give loading it up a go.
I wouldn't say that the bike ride was beautiful or relaxing but it is possible and not at all horrible. I would easily do that route again, maybe not so much during rush hour, if I could avoid it, but it does open up a whole new section of Sacramento that I can add to my biking repertoire. Two new experiences checked off the list--swimming pools and the Arden/Carmichael areas are now at my disposal. I find that by breaking through the self-doubt and automatic negative responses, I am able to do much more than I ever thought possible. This month is going to help me grow as a more proficient bicyclist and hopefully help me cut down even more of my driving "needs."