Monday, December 28, 2009
Rode The Roadley twice yesterday, didn't have to drive the car at all. Score: Bikes - 5, Autos - 2.
The kids came up from southern Arizona yesterday, bringing little Keira with them. One of their friends just had her own baby yesterday and they had a lot of newborn diapers and an extra car seat for her.
Posted by BluesCat at 12:22 PM
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Rode the bike for a second time yesterday, and drove the car twice. Score: Bikes - 3, Autos - 2.
I would have only had to drive the car once, but I didn't have a couple of things on the list. Also, I needed to check out an After Christmas sale on an item which wouldn't have fit on the bike.
Posted by BluesCat at 11:15 AM
Saturday, December 26, 2009
So, Thanksgiving Auto Free Week was a bust and this long, Christmas through New Years holiday/vacation week is definitely going to require an automobile.
I'll call it an "Auto Limited Week." I'll try to make sure to collect all the errands requiring a car into as few trips as possible, and use a bike for as many of the others as I can.
Christmas Day I did not use a car at all, rode Bluetiful on a grand tour to find an open Starbucks, and this morning (12/26/09) I rode The Roadley on a Tour de Starbucks. The current score is Bikes - 2, Autos - 0.
36°F at 6:30 AM! Felt it in on my ears and fingertips, the BMX gloves just barely work at that temperature.
Posted by BluesCat at 7:50 AM
Friday, December 25, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Monday, December 7th, 2009, 11:00 PM, my lovable old Labrador woke me up, wanting to go outside. Usually, he only does this if he is sick, or I don't get a chance to walk with him before I go to bed, and is in desperate need of a potty break. This time, he just stood there in the back yard and watched and listened to the brisk wind.
We went back to bed, but he stirred again a few minutes later and started panting; a sure sign he is upset about something. Once more we went out into the back yard, once more he did nothing other than stand and listen, and once more I convinced him to go back to bed. The wind seemed much stronger.
Fifteen minutes later, at about 11:20, I awoke to the wind howling around the house. My Lab was in his bed, but his eyes were open and he raised his head and looked at me when I got up and looked out the bedroom window. The trees seemed to be squirming around in the air and there was a good, driving rain.
I got up and had the dog follow me out to the entertainment room. It was so noisy, it sounded like the room was traveling on a freight train. I made a cup of tea and sat with my Lab until things quieted down about an hour later.
The streets have been a mess and I have been unable to commute for the last two days, even though it only rained Monday night. It was the most violent storm I can remember in a long time.
Posted by BluesCat at 6:55 PM
Sunday, December 6, 2009
There is a little burger joint about two miles from my place which has all the elements of a perfect exercise ride.
This is a poster in the window:
Here's a picture of Sami, who I believe is the girl in the poster, with Bluetiful:
See what I mean? All the elements of a perfect exercise ride: gets your heart rate up, is obviously bike friendly and has great scenery.
Posted by BluesCat at 3:40 PM