The Errandonnee is a challenge from Chasing Mailboxes. The premise is pretty simple: 12 errands by bike in 12 days. There are a few things to make it a bit harder and more interesting: cover at least 30 miles and distribute the errands across a list of categories. You can see the categories and other rules through the link above.
The term errandonnee was created and is a combination of errands and randonnée, the latter being defined as “a long ramble in the countryside, by foot or bicycle”. Now while I use my bike a fair bit, one could probably gather (from here and here) that riding my bike for the purpose a riding my bike challenge isn’t something I would do. Conveniently, that definition includes “by foot”, so now I’m ready to go.
Other than switching out biking for running, I’ll follow the same rules. I do enough running that the distance requirement shouldn’t be a problem. The categories perhaps will be. I’ll certainly carry some things that runners don’t typically carry, and going to the store is easy, but the ones where I wouldn’t want to be sweaty are going to be more difficult. Two trips in one day is also more demanding. We shall see. I’m already wondering if a weekend long run that doesn’t have an actual destination counts as “personal care”.
Each trip is to be documented with a picture and something learned or observed. So here we go with day 1:
Today was a simple commute home from work. My shortest route is 3.5 miles; this one was about 5 (details). Things I learned or relearned:
- Yesterday was my first high volume speed day in a while. Oof.
- Light-wise, we are just about out of winter, at least for the timing of my commute home.
- While the 520 trail is a useful resource, it isn’t really all that pleasant. It’s loud:
- On the other hand, running through Cherry Crest is rather pleasant. And 130th entering there is far nicer than 130th entering our neighborhood. I think it starts with the all-way stop at the entrance, so vehicles don’t start at full speed. It seems narrower too:
Between the median, the raised crosswalk, and some curves, it never has a long enough straightaway that looks like it “should be” fast.
While I’m not planning on finishing the bike version, I did commute by bike this morning. More importantly, I investigated the temporary path at 40th and 520 and I think it will be tough for Michelle to get the bike and trailer through there. So that’s some personal business or a non-store errand or something, which would be harder to get than a commute. This would have been 3.5 miles; I don’t add extra distance or record bike trips anywhere. And the obligatory photo: