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30 Days of Biking 2021 – day 9

It’s April! That means 30 Days of Biking and biking every day and hopefully blogging about it each day.

Early this morning I took my first grocery run of #30daysofbiking. I overdid it–a few of the kids’ favorite things were drastically reduced, but had “must buy four” requirements. So the side of my bike you can’t see is full of loose groceries and the two canvas bags are tied to my handlebars and the roll cage. Thank goodness for long handles! I feel like I waste all the room on top of my deck when I tuck all my groceries into the Xtracycle bags, but I’ve never considered putting bins or milk crates up top…until now, that is!

Then I switched to my road bike and made two back-and-forth trips to ReRack for the tabling event. Fun mural on the way:

And since I felt guilty for being away from the kids so much I told them I’d get them dinner at Dairy Queen so I switched back to the Big Dummy and waited in a line of nine cars.

Today’s miles: 24.5
Total April miles: 183.1

30 Days of Biking 2021 – day 8

It’s April! That means 30 Days of Biking and biking every day and hopefully blogging about it each day.

The fruits of yesterday’s labor:

I toted the tent/table/chairs/etc on the right to ReRack in my cargo trailer yesterday (and came back today to set them up). If you have a bike/roof rack to donate, bring it to ReRack on NE Sandy Friday 3-7 or Saturday 10-6 and 100% of the proceeds go to The Street Trust. Plus you’ll qualify for a $99 ticket to the Oregon Active Transportation Summit. Or just come by if you’d like one of us to tell you about SB 395/Safe Routes for All or OATS.

Today’s miles: 10.8
Total April miles: 158.6

30 Days of Biking 2021 – day 7

It’s April! That means 30 Days of Biking and biking every day and hopefully blogging about it each day.

This morning the kids had a dentist appointment so my 13-year old rode the mountain bike and I carried my 11-year old on my Big Dummy. I carry my 11-year old everywhere these days because it’s just easier to deal with fewer bikes and fewer tired kids. The path of least resistance is not the healthiest path, but that’s the path we’re on right now, sigh. Also, the curbside dentist check-in felt like doing curbside shopping at Target.

Then I took my trailer of work supplies six very slow miles to drop off for three days of tabling. Heading home (sans trailer, so much easier!) I stumbled upon the Mike Bennett glow-in-the-dark dinos–I had no idea they were in my neighborhood! Dino on a bike:

Today’s miles: 14.9
Total April miles: 147.8

30 Days of Biking 2021 – day 6

It’s April! That means 30 Days of Biking and biking every day and hopefully blogging about it each day.

I did one of those ‪”how it started/how it’s going” Twitter posts because ‪10 years ago yesterday we came to Portland to visit Clever Cycles for the first time…and now we live here and I often bike by them! Today I biked by on my way to and from the office to grab tabling supplies.

Then after work I swapped to my road bike and met up at the dentist for a repeat of yesterday, but in the opposite direction. It was nice scaling Mount Tabor first, but overall I like the other direction better.

Bonus glamour shot of my bike and trailer under a blooming magnolia tree:

Today’s miles: 40.3
Total April miles: 132.9

30 Days of Biking 2021 – day 5

It’s April! That means 30 Days of Biking and biking every day and hopefully blogging about it each day.

Over a year after writing Are you biking during shelter-in-place? Us, not so much I still haven’t learned the trick of hopping on my bike if I don’t have an errand or a friend to ride with. Fortunately I have a lot of errands and a few friends so I think I’ll succeed at 30 Days of Biking this year.

Today I picked up kid lunches by cargo bike (with Pixie in tow, but no kids came along) and after work I biked over to my dentist’s office to meet my hygienist for a bike ride. Much better than going there for a cleaning! He and his friend ride on weekends year round and during daylight saving time on weekday evenings, too. And since my last cleaning I’ve been tagging along. Today was his standard after-work jaunt up through River View Cemetery (photo of the undulating steepest part above–I hate that part) and then up Mount Tabor.

Today’s miles: 23.7
Total April miles: 92.6

30 Days of Biking 2021 – day 4

It’s April! That means 30 Days of Biking and biking every day and hopefully blogging about it each day.

I biked to North Portland for a haircut today. I didn’t used to bike an hour for haircuts, but the place I went to before the pandemic shut down and as luck would have it I realized my hair stylist from 20 years ago in San Francisco lives and works in Portland now! How auspicious. It was awesome to see Tina again and it was a lovely day for a bike ride.

It was surprisingly empty out (maybe due to Easter?) so I chanced the Eastbank Esplanade on my way home. I haven’t been on it in over a year since I avoid multi-use paths when I can–they’re not great for six-foot distancing and they tend to get crowded. But it was practically empty this afternoon.

Today’s miles: 18.3
Total April miles: 68.9

30 Days of Biking 2021 – day 3

It’s April! That means 30 Days of Biking and biking every day and hopefully blogging about it each day.

Happy sunny Saturday! I started the day with my masked weekly walk with a childhood friend. It’s a 10-mile ride to her house, then we walk the hilly southwest hills (5 miles today) and then I bike back home. The riding and walking is great, but getting to see an actual human in person is my favorite part since I don’t get out of the house much.

Then I made a quick trip to a neighborhood burger joint for vegan milkshakes for the kids because my newly braceless 11-year old wasn’t up to eating hard food. I know his chompers will feel fine soon, but for now his retainer makes his teeth sorer than the braces ever did, poor little guy.

And then I got back on my road bike to cork (stand in intersections to protect the group ride going by) for the Stop Asian Hate Solidarity Ride. Hundreds of people came out and everything went really well.

Today’s miles: 38.7
Total April miles: 50.6

30 Days of Biking 2021 – day 2

It’s April! That means 30 Days of Biking and biking every day and hopefully blogging about it each day.

Today saw no flat tires and no closed roads so I got my stuff done with three rides on two different bikes.

First up, I carried my 11-year old to the orthodontist to get his braces off, yay! Check out those pearly whites in my picture–hashtag mom joke! No teeth, just mask! Since parents are stuck outside due to the pandemic, I brought Pixie along, so that’s nice. What’s not so nice (though not so surprising) is that all the messaging from the orthodontist says parents must wait in their cars during appointments. A gifted bag of sticky candy is apparently standard operating procedure for braces grads. Weird, right?

Later on I took my road bike to see if my #hillkillerz hill was accessible and it was! The construction isn’t done yet–Portland is gradually replacing its antiquated sewers one by one and it’s a multi-day job–but the road was open for me to ride up and down five times.

And finally, since my kid with newly naked chompers had no interest in his sticky candy reward, he asked if he could have Dairy Queen for dinner. I’ve only gone there once before, also during the pandemic, and that time I waited in the drive through line on foot (because that’s the only way to access the place right now). This time I took the Big Dummy. I almost brought Pixie, but thought she might get bored and wiggly waiting in line. Good thing I left her because a German Shepherd kept poking his head out the window of the car in front of me. A guy and his grandson (you can see them placing their order in my photo) were also in line on bikes, but the place primarily draws people in cars.

Today’s miles: 8.9
Total April miles: 11.9

30 Days of Biking 2021 – day 1

It’s April! That means 30 Days of Biking and biking every day and hopefully blogging about it each day.

Today did not go according to plan, but I still did a bit of biking. Last night my front tire went flat while I did my midnight ride (tiny piece of glass–it’s always nice when one can find the culprit), so I patched it up, but didn’t ride my cargo bike again today.

Instead I grabbed my road bike for #hillkillerz because this is a month of two challenges! Bicycle Kitty Maria devised an amazing (or horrible, depending how you look at it) challenge in which she chose a different hill for 55 of us participants and we have to ride up and down it five times in a row once a week for five weeks. However, when I got to the top of my hill I encountered a ROAD CLOSED sign, spewing hoses, and construction equipment. I’ll admit I wasn’t too sad about not getting to slog up the hill over and over and over. It didn’t look like a major construction job so I bet it’ll be open for business tomorrow and I can share a photo of it.

Today’s miles: 3
Total April miles: 3

30 Days of Biking 2021

It’s the middle of the night on the last day of March so it’s technically April and that means it’s 30 Days of Biking!

“30 Days of Biking is a pledge to ride your bike every day in April and share your adventures online with the hashtag #30daysofbiking. There’s no minimum distance–down a hill and around your garage count just like a 20-mile commute or a 350-mile charity ride.⁣⁣ ⁣If you miss a day, no worries. Just keep riding and don’t give up! It’s all for fun, or as serious as you want it to be. What matters is we’re all in this together.⁣⁣⁣⁣” – 30DaysofBiking.com

I adore 30 Days of Biking and credit it for turning me into an everyday bicyclist 10 years ago. Since then, I went car-free, became a bicycle advocate, and published a book about bike commuting. Yay bikes!

I didn’t do such a great job at 30 Days of Biking 2020. Looking back at blog posts I can see I made a bit of an effort, but I have to admit I don’t remember much about a year ago. I was in such a deep hole for such a long time, in the throes of feeling like a failure as a mother, as a coworker, as a friend, and just as a human. Things are much better now, though one thing that hasn’t returned to normal is my ability to sleep–but that just means it’s easy to ring in April with a midnight ride! (*Obviously riding my bike more would have made things considerably better a year ago even if it didn’t erase the underlying problems. But it’s one thing to know a thing when you’re down in the hole and another to actually make it happen.)

My kids haven’t been riding their bikes very much, nor getting outside the house as often as I’d like. With the days getting longer and warmer I’ll hopefully get them pedaling a bit more, though I don’t intend to force the issue. Lately I’ve been focusing on getting myself outdoors more since that’s something I can control.

I dunno if I’ll have any sort of theme this year (some years a theme develops on its own), but I’ll track my mileage since historically that’s been fun to do. Nowadays I usually ride sans kiddos and doggo so I’ve been on my road bike a lot, which means I can go farther faster. And even though I have nowhere to go with work being remote and kids’ school being remote, I think I might rack up some impressive mileage.