|From Tacoma Bike Ranch|
14 December 2008
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06 December 2008
After struggling for two hours to get our two children to bed tonight, it was tempting to just go to bed, too. Instead, this stay-at-home dad needed to go back to the grocery store to pick-up the items that were not on the list this morning when he went there, and to get a refund for the cereal that had rang up wrong on that same trip. It’s 9:15pm. The wife leaves for her shift at the hospital at 10:30pm. Let’s roll.
A bike ride was much needed after all of the driving I did today, so I decided that this would be a good time-trial for me and my Xtracycle. Google Maps says the trip is 2.2 miles and should take “about 10 minutes” by car.
Conditions: 49F, cloudy.
The ride takes me:
14 minutes to the store (more up-hilly).
(17 minutes at the store.)
11 minutes to the house (more down-hilly).
I purchase 51 pounds of groceries:
12-pack of winter ale (bottled)
18 large eggs (all made it intact)
2 gallons of milk
2 frozen pizzas
1 large package of tortillas
(I forgot stamps again)
The ride was very pleasant. I felt visible and safe with my bottle-dynamo lights and reflective bits. I even dinged my bell a few times, just for kicks. I think I’m going to throw back a Jubelale and watch The Triplets of Belleville...