Mark likes to say that the Errandonnee is a chance to do things on foot or bike that you wouldn’t usually do, and maybe even make those errands part of your regular life. For me, it’s more a celebration of what we already do.
Personal care: riding my horse (#1), riding my horse (#5)
Personal business: double appointments (#6)
You carried what?: four kids, lunch, library books, and the rest of the gear for a day out (#7)
Arts & entertainment: none
Non-store errand: church (#4), church (#11)
Social call: greenway ride & coffee (#2), dinner & book talk (#12)
Work/volunteering: catechism class (#8), catechism dropoff (#9)
Store: thrift store (#3)
Wild card: a walk in the park (#10)
Total mileage: 45
The little bike: a Trek mountain bike, circa 1996. This was my sister’s first (and only) grown-up bike that I claimed when I graduated from college and moved back to our hometown, and she left for college. I outfitted it for city riding a few years ago (fenders, slicker tires, kickstand), and used it to tow the child trailer. Now it mostly stays on top of our hill – if I’m going down the hill, I take the electric cargo bike to get back up it.
The big bike: an Xtracycle Edgerunner with Stokemonkey electric assist. It also has a custom frame-mounted front rack, and a custom, integrated trailer hitch. The headlight and taillights on both bike and trailer are powered by a dynamo hub, and it has chain guards on both chains. Yepp seats on front and back when needed, and we tow an older Burley d’Lite double child trailer. Custom painted a deep sparkly purple. AKA the awesomest bike in town. More here.
And that’s it! Thanks so much to Mary for organizing! We love living our life on foot and bike, and it’s so fun to really celebrate it.