30 Days of Biking day 16: Half load

We divided and conquered today: big kid and dad drove to the grocery store for birthday party snacks while the little kid and I biked to QFC to have two train balloons inflated. I hadn’t put any thought into transporting two inflated helium balloons, but the grumpy florist took care of that by tying the string so loosely that one escaped as soon as I exited the store. Doh! One balloon fit perfectly in the Bobike maxi.

We also swung by the UPS Store to mail the Cabby’s wheel lock key back to Alternabike. I’d love to have a wheel lock for quick trips just like this, by the way. Last time I hit the UPS Store I didn’t bother to lock my bike and this time I grumbled while locking my bike to itself. I’m not sure if there’s room for a wheel lock on my bike, but I think I’ll look into it as my next add-on.

Since I was only carrying one kid, I thought about heading down to the Burke-Gilman Trail to see if I could make it home with my half load–I can make it up the hill alone, but not with both kids–but I was just too tired. I think I’m having trouble adjusting to being back in the grey and rain (and hills). I wonder how many helium balloons it would take to make it easy to cycle up these hills. Now there’s an add-on idea!

Daily distance: 1.2 miles
Cumulative: 129.3 miles

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