Michelle’s 2016 Errandonnee part 2

The first errands are described here.

 

Errand #8: catechism class

I teach a small catechism class at church on Wednesday mornings. Four of the students are my own kids!

WP_20160309_001

Possible category: work or volunteering
Distance: 2 miles
Cumulative distance: 35
Kids toted: 2 on board, plus two bikelings
Cargo: diaper bag, catechist album (for me) and school books (for the 7yo), huge bag of raingear (that we didn’t need!)

 

Errand #9: taking 7yo to her catechism class

Our 7yo has her own catechism class in the afternoon that’s geared to her age group rather than her younger brothers. It was pouring, but Mark was working from home, so I didn’t have to take the boys out in the rain. I managed to bump into a couple of people that I needed to talk to, so maybe this one will count as social?

Possible category: work or volunteering, social
Distance: 2 miles
Cumulative distance: 37 miles
Kids toted: zero, one bikeling
Cargo: nothing extra

 

Errand #10: walk/hike in Bridle Trails

We live a half mile from Bridle Trails State Park, with its lovely forested trails. I’m out there three times a week on my horse, but the kids don’t go there because it’s just a little too far for them to walk here and do any walking while we’re there. I’m determined to change this now, and we can do it because we have bikes! We invited some friends to join us in the mud.

Possible categories: arts/entertainment, social, wild card
Distance: 1 mile
Cumulative distance: 38 miles
Kids toted: 2, plus two bikelings
Cargo: diaper bag, camera, towels, baby carrier (in which I carried my friend’s toddler, because I don’t have enough babies of my own)

 

Errand #11: church

It was raining, really raining when we got ready for Mass this week. Usually we drive in the rain because I don’t want to arrive at church bedraggled, but the 7yo had choir practice right afterward, and the logistics for driving looked more complicated than rain gear for six. So we biked, and I realized that 10 minutes of biking in rain gear is an improvement over 5 minutes of walking from the parking lot without rain gear. Biking wins again.

 

Possible category: non-store errand
Distance: 2 miles
Cumulative distance: 40 miles
Kids toted: 2, plus two bikelings
Cargo: diaper bag. All the rain gear was worn this time.

 

Errand #12: dinner and book talk

The plan was for Mark to take the bus and meet us in Kirkland before Madi’s Urban Cycling talk at the Kirkland Library, and then he would take the 7yo and her bike home on the bus. But kids love the bus, so they all wanted to take the bus home, and the timing worked out that taking the bus would get them home faster, so Mark got to take the bus with all four, and I rode home towing the extra bike.


Blurry picture in the dark of the bike ready to ride home.

 

Possible category: social, you carried what
Distance: 5 miles
Cumulative distance: 45 miles
Kids toted: 3 on board and one bikeling, then zero
Cargo: diaper bag, bag of toys and books for the restaurant, baby carrier (both ways), four extra bike helmets, bag of rain gear, bike (coming home)

 

And that’s it! Perhaps I will describe the walking errands of the past twelve days also.

Control card

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s