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Errandonnee: 11 & 12

Final two Errandonnee trips.

3/9/16, Errandonnee No. 11
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Destination: Geisinger Medical Center
Category: work
Bike: Trek 520 disc
Miles: 23.84 round trip
Observation: What a beautiful day. 75° on the way home. Allergy season is starting already.

3/11/16, Errandonnee No. 12
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Destination: Dutch Wheelman bike shop
Category: Social call, birthday party
Bike: Trek 520 disc
Miles: 11.9
Observation: I really need rear brake pads!

The Errandonnee is done another year. All that’s left is to submit the control card.
Thanks to Mary at Chasing Mailboxes for another fun challenge.

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Errandonnee: 8, 9 & 10

Tuesday, 3/8/16
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Jury Duty Selection….
I ( thought I ) couldn’t take my phone to the courthouse, so I have some map shots of the ride track and total mileage on my watch. It turns out that you can check your phone at the door.

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3/8/16 Errandonnee No. 8
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Destination: Bloomin Bagels II
Category: Personal care – I needed breakfast and coffee before going for jury duty selection.
Bike: Trek 930 beater
Miles: 1
Observation: I forgot to stop the Garmin while inside getting my bagel and coffee.  It looks like I was going in ( big )circles.

3/8/16, Errandonnee No. 9
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Destination: Columbia County Courthouse – Jury duty selection
Category: Wild card
Bike: Trek 930, beater
Miles: 3.5
Observation: There’s a lot of people here for jury selection.

3/8/16, Errandonnee No. 10
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Destination: Dutch Wheelman
Category: personal business – I paid my bike club dues.
Bike: Trek 1.2 road bike
Miles: 32.9
Observation: It was a beautiful day to take the long way.

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Errandonnee: You carried WHAT?…. A dozen eggs

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BEFORE

3/7/16, Errandonnee No. 7
For the record, they are peanut butter eggs & there were 11 ( I gave one to my co-worker).

Someone at work was selling these beautiful homemade peanut butter Easter eggs. They are certainly “contaminated” for me (any food that is not vegan), but my family will eat them.

I tried to cushion the container inside a box. I nestled it in with my extra morning layers since it was 25° then and 60° now.

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I secured the box on my rack with bungee cords. The box was even marked fragile…. Funny since it was a box full of latex free Band-Aids. I never realized how bumpy the roads are until I was trying not to scramble the eggs during the ride.

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I arrived home with the box still secured to the rack. It was time to unveil them and check for damage.

Most of them ended up being deflowered and really beat up. The poor things. They were so nice looking before. Oh well, I’m sure they’ll taste just as good.

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AFTER

Category: You carried WHAT on your bike?
Destination: Home
Bike: Trek 520 commuter
Observation: The route home is bumpy.
Miles: 11.8

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Errandonnee: Riding to lots of Brick buildings

Saturday was just a little too chilly to go for a group ride, so it was errandonnee time. It wasn’t until I got home that I realized I went to a bunch of brick buildings.

3/5/16, Errandonnee No.2

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I met a few people from the bike club for our regular Saturday morning bagels and coffee. We talk bikes and future rides.

Category: Social call
Destination: Bloomin Bagels II
Bike: Trek 520 Disc commuter
Observation: 9am was a great time to meet. The place was packed shortly after we got our food.
Miles: 1.9 total

Still 3/5/16, Errandonnee No.3
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This was a reconnaissance mission. I headed downtown to the courthouse to see what kind of (bike) parking is available. None. I have to go to jury duty on Tuesday. I suspected it would be bike unfriendly, so I got a beater bike ready. I got a picture since there are no phones allowed on Tuesday and found out there’s no bike parking.

Category: Non-store errand
Destination: Columbia County Courthouse
Bike: Trek 930 hardtail Singletrack ( beater) with slicks.
Observation: No bike parking at the courthouse.
Miles: 2.1

Still 3/5/16, Errandonnee No. 4
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On to the next brick building. I stopped by the health food store for junk food. Dairy free sweets. Every woman needs chocolate and my stash was dwindling.

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Category: Personal Care (yes, chocolate is necessary for my well being)
Destination: Bloom Naturally
Bike: Trek 930 beater
Observation: The chocolate sale is over. I almost feel ashamed for shopping for my junk food at the health food store.
Miles: 1 mile

Still 3/5/16, Errandonnee No. 5
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Next stop was to drop off the sewer bill. Save a stamp and go for a ride.

Category: Personal Business
Destination: Scott Township Authority
Bike: Trek 930 beater
Observation: I hate being an adult when it comes to paying bills.
Miles: 2.52

Still 3/5/16, Errandonnee No. 6
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Final Errandonnee of the day. A quick stop at the convenience store.
Category: Store
Destination: Unity Mart
Bike: Trek 930 beater
Observation: convenience stores are good places for people watching.
Miles: 3.7

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Coffeeneuring 2015 – #1

Ride Number 1

1. Bloomin’ Bagels (Main St.)
2. Saturday, 10/10/15
3. Dark Roast Black Coffee & a PB&J on a blueberry bagel
4. The Ride – It was really cold at the start; about 40 degrees. I didn’t dress warm enough, but we were going to climb. We were headed to Eagles Mere in the Endless Mountains area. The trees were beautiful colors. We got about 32 miles out where one of my friends had planned to turn back; she didn’t want to do the big climb. I decided to turn around with her. I just didn’t feel like I had it in me to climb another 1000+ feet with the guys. We headed back for coffee and a bagel.
5. Bike Friendliness – The bagel shop doesn’t have any bike parking, but it’s right next to the bike shop. I always park in the shop and today I got a new rear tire while I was having my coffee and bagel.
6. Distance – 64.3 miles on my Trek 1.2 road bike. From my house to the bagel shop and straight home is 4.9 miles (on today’s route), but we road about 60 miles up North into the hills and back in between.

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It’s Cold Outside

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This winter doesn’t seem to be any better than last year’s winter with the Polar Vortexes.  January only gave me 228 miles of riding including only 8 commutes to work.  I rode through wind, snow and some really cold temperatures. I drove even more through dangerous wind chills, ice and roads heavily covered in snow.

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I ride when I can.  If the roads are dry I don’t care if it’s 0 degrees; I’m riding.  25 degrees is starting to feel warm. This past week the two days I rode registered low actual temperatures of 3 and 4 degrees.  My co-workers, friends, neighbors and family all think I’m nuts; I miss riding regularly.

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There are a few big rides I want to do in the Spring, but I’m not getting the miles needed.  One ride in particular would require some major preparation (miles, miles, miles).  I’m not sure I’ll do that one anyway because it’s logistically a pain in the ass.  I don’t have an indoor trainer, but I’m considering one.  I really dislike pedaling (inside) nowhere.

But it’s cold outside and the next storm is happening right now. I’ll be driving to work again tomorrow.  It’s February now, but as my husband said, this is the month in which he always did his most snow mobiling….Come on Spring!

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