Family Ride’s Winter 2014 Errandonnee Challenge

I love an online challenge! I just took part in Chasing Mailboxes’ Winter Challenge: The Errandonnee, 2014 Edition!12 days, 12 errands.

I failed at rule #2 and didn’t fill out the Errandonnee Control Card as I went. Bad call–it’s a lot harder figuring it all out at the end! And I don’t have a real job, but listed two errands as Work, pretending that Bicycle Advocacy fits the bill. Hopefully that’s OK. I do like and respect the long list of rules, but I’ve bent them coffeeneuring and errandonneering now!

We took a weekend trip to Portland (by car, with my road bike on the car bike rack) which made for some exciting non-Seattle destinations.

Many of my observations are bike parking related…not sure why, but we hit some cool racks and why not have an almost-theme?

P.S., if you’re looking for an online challenge, my all-time fave, 30 Days of Biking starts April 1st.

Errandonnee Control Card

Errand Stats
Bike Shop – Trip 1
Destination: Clever Cycles (Portland)
What I learned/observation: Swung by Clever Cycles to retrieve my LifeProof iPhone handlebar mount I left on the rental bakfiets two weeks ago. I often take pictures of my little bikes perched on rocks or logs, but sticking it in the unattended rental bakfiets was new and fun!
Miles: 1.1
Date: 3/8/2014
Clever Cycles rental bakfiets holding my road bike
Bike Shop – Trip 2
Destination: Recycled Cycles
What I learned/observation: Hit RC to pick up some grippy pedals to replace the temporary ones (thanks for the stopgap G&O!) after one of my Pedalite flashing battery-free pedals gave out after two good years. While there met Jesse, the house sitter/web manager for Dimitri Kieffer of Nexus Expeditions who is circumnavigating the globe on a Big Dummy and other human-powered means. Jesse was at the shop delivering stuff for Gigantic Bicycle Festival–check it out!
Miles: 4.3
Date: 3/10/2014
Old pedal/new pedal
Breakfast or Lunch – Trip Only
Destination: Burgerville and Lardo (Portland)
What I learned/observation: Delivered lunch to go (bikes OK at Burgerville drive-thru windows!) to the kids at a playground with Mr. Family Ride and met four family biking luminaries for sit-down lunch: Christine visiting from Pittsburgh, Emily Finch, Kath Youell, and Sarah Gilbert (btw, it’s thanks to Sarah that bikes can use the Burgerville drive-thru). In pure Portland style, I glanced out the window to see Todd of Clever Cycles on a Dutchtub rental delivery run.
Miles: 5.4
Date: 3/9/2014
Burgerville drive-thru
Lunch with Portlanders
Clever Cycles' Dutchtub
Coffee or Dessert – Trip 1
Destination: Solsticio
What I learned/observation: Despite its super-bikey location along the Burke-Gilman Trail, Solsticio has no bike parking! Most bike-in visitors lock to the fence in the parking lot and hope not to be backed into by a parked car. While we were inside a couple on bikes parked on the other side of the fence, on the trail. I like my spot better. I think it’s a pay parking lot so probably not the easiest place to stick a big bike corral in place of a couple parking spots, but that’d sure be nice.
Miles: 4.8
Date: 3/11/2014
Solsticio
Coffee or Dessert – Trip 2
Destination: Husky Grind at Mercer Court
What I learned/observation: First visit to the new Husky Grind by The Wall of Death. It’s really fancy–I never could have afforded to hang out at a place like this when I was in college. I love all the new staple bike racks in the area, but we learned they’re impossible to climb. Quelle bummer. And the grilled cheese pesto sandwich was delicious!
Miles: 0.6
Date: 3/13/2014
Husky Grind
Community Meeting – Trip Only
Destination: 19th and Boyer, Montlake
What I learned/observation: Met with Transportation Nag, Merlin Rainwater, to be part of a photoshoot to promote the upcoming Silly Hilly Ride that will investigate possible Neighborhood Greenways routes in the area. Learned that the narrow dirt path by the Greek Orthodox Church (part of the convoluted route to Capitol Hill) will become a proper bike/ped path.
Miles: 4.6
Date: 3/13/2014
Silly Hilly photoshoot
Grocery Store – Trip 1
Destination: Fremont PCC Natural Market
What I learned/observation: I think the Fremont PCC bike corral might be Seattle’s first on-street bike corral. We love it!
Miles: 4.5
Date: 3/7/2014
PCC
Grocery Store – Trip 2
Destination: Roosevelt Trader Joe’s
What I learned/observation: While I love the six new bike staples, I worry my long bike sticks out into the sidewalk too much (or else towards opening car doors too much) so I still park at the railing by the emergency exit.
Miles: 2.1
Date: 3/14/2014
Roosevelt Trader Joe's
Any store that is not the grocery store – Trip Only
Destination: Fremont Brewing Company
What I learned/observation: I’m categorizing this as a store and not a cafe or personal care since we just grabbed a growler to-go (although we hung out inside for a while since one of us wanted to play with the toys and eat free pretzels and apples). There’s a huge, well-spaced bike parking area in the parking lot. The two bike-shaped racks at the ends are the best for climbing, but even the green loops work OK.
Miles: 1.5
Date: 3/7/2014
Fremont Brewing Company
Work – Trip 1
Destination: Sprocket Podcast recording studio
What I learned/observation: Forgot to take a picture while all the recording stuff was hooked up (my podcast goes live in a week or so!), but pictured are Brock and Aaron posing at doing podcast stuff, and riding home with my co-guest Katie in her Cleverhood demonstrating her brilliant technique for dealing with rain: no clothing on parts not covered by the rain cape.
Miles: 5.3
Date: 3/8/2014
Sprocket Podcasters, Katie in the rain
Work – Trip 2
Destination: Cascade Bicycle Club
What I learned/observation: Met with the Cascade Rides Coordinator about their soon-to-be-expanded women’s programming and to discuss a panel I’ll be part of–save the date: April 8 at Flagship REI! The CBC staffers who bike to work carry their bikes into the building so the bike rack is always empty…save for the bus-style bike rack locked to the bike rack.
Miles: 8.4
Date: 3/11/2014
Cascade Bicycle Club bike rack
Wild Card – Trip Only
Destination: Belltown apartment
What I learned/observation: Fetched the Familybike Seattle mamachari (Bridgestone Angelino Petite Assista) from my friend who’s been using it the last two weeks before she headed out of town. I wasn’t sure I’d be able to easily tow it with my Big Dummy so I brought my road bike. I really wanted to try ghostriding my road bike home–and even read this tutorial, How To Ghostride a Bike–but chickened out and just carried it draped on the rear seat (secured with bungee cord, cargo strap, and toe strap). What a fun bike! I will write more about it soon.
Miles: 10.6
Date: 3/18
Mamachari retrieval
TOTAL MILES: 53.2

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