Monthly Archives: February 2013

The Magic Errandonnee Map and Other Important Errandonnee News

Surly and Pecan Pie

Today we’re back with Errandonnee news. Here is the exciting rundown:

  • Deadline for Submissions. You have until February 28 March 1 (deadline extended!) to submit your Errandonnee control cards. Please send them to me at gersemalina “at” gmail.com. NOTE: I will confirm receipt of your submission via email. 
  • Honorable Mention! If you planned to complete the Errandonnee,  but were unable to fit in all twelve rides, feel free to submit those you did. You may qualify for the not-quite-as-prestigious-but-still-pretty-good Honorable Mention category! Deadline for submission to the Honorable Mention category is Sunday, March 3.
  • Magic Errandonnee Map! The magic map is back, this time as the Magic Errandonnee Map. It’s not as grand or high-tech as the “magic wall” map CNN impressed me with a few months back, but almost. Look, we don’t have quite the same budget on this blog.
Magic Errandonnee Map

Magic Errandonnee Map

To date, I have received submissions from 16 states, including the District of Columbia.

Two Errandonnee entries came from Canada (one from Toronto, Ontario and another from Edmonton, Alberta). Three more have arrived from: Dumfries, Scotland; Alicante, Spain; and Marsta, Sweden.

Upon the addition of the Canadian errandeurs, the Magic Errandonnee Map began to struggle. Freehand drawings of parts of both Alberta and Ontario are shown, but they are really not that well-drawn nor to scale with the rest of the map.

As you can also derive from the picture above, the Magic Errandonnee Map needs an upgrade to accommodate international submissions from faraway places like Scotland, Sweden, and Spain. (And just so you all know, I am not the best at geography, but I am aware that Sweden is north of Scotland, which is north of Spain.) I’m working on adding a Magic Errandonnee Map (Europe and Canada editions!) so that I will have a better portrayal of these Errandonnee entries.

I’m so impressed by the number of people who did not let winter’s cold sway them from completing the Errandonnee. “Cold? What cold?” (I imagine they said things like this, in deep and hearty voices.) They still ventured out and got it done.

I’ll be back soon with more errandeur highlights, but in the meantime, send me your entry by March 1!

And remember, even if you did not complete the full 12 errands, you may still be in the running for Honorable Mention!

Dialing in our New Co-Motion Java Tandem

Earlier this year, Felkerino’s and my new tandem arrived from Co-Motion. Some of you may remember that  a crack developed in the stoker seat tube of our previous tandem, a Co-Motion Speedster, which required either a mend or a replacement frame.

We ultimately chose to replace the frame and, rather than another Co-Motion Speedster tandem, Felkerino and I decided on a Co-Motion Java, which is their 29-er frame.

Co-Motion Java on Whites Ferry

Co-Motion worked out an arrangement with us for the new bike which was primarily financed by the sale of my 1996 Nissan Altima.

That’s right. I sold my car to buy a tandem. Righteous bicycle purchasing!

Co-Motion describes the Java as an “ultra-rugged” bike, and its tubing is beefier than the Speedster with clearance for larger tires. When I first laid eyes on the bike, its ultra-ruggedness intimidated me.

The crazy clearance on the front fork reminded me of the jaws of an alligator. The tubing had me wondering what type of riding Felkerino had in store for us.

Co-Motion Tandem at Sugarloaf

Since that time, we’ve (alright, Felkerino has) been meticulously building the bike up and dialing it in to suit the kind of riding we plan to do– primarily randonneuring, touring, and dirt road riding.

The past three weekends we’ve taken the bike out for longer training rides on hilly terrain (106, 92, and 93-miles, respectively) not just to shake down the bike, but also to build our base fitness and prepare for the upcoming spring bicycling events we hope to do. And because tandeming is fun. Most days.

There’s a lot that goes into dialing in a bike. First, the fit. Saddle height, setback, and handlebars must be tweaked just so.

Fenders must be installed. At least, if you’re Felkerino or me, that is something you must do.

Pink fenders on the Co-Motion? No

These pink fenders got the thumbs down from the captain, as Felkerino insisted on metal fenders that were not pink.

Operation Rattle Battle 2013 with the Co-Motion

Persistent fender rattles have to be fixed or no one will want to ride with us and I will eventually lose my mind.

Custom mudflap and a fender solution!

Custom mudflap and a dual bolt rattly fender solution

The fender rattle battle waged on and on in the Dining Room Bike Shop until Felkerino finally drilled a hole for two bolts on the stay, as you can see in the photo above. Rattle battle over!

After you add fenders, you also want to be sure to affix any custom leather mudflaps your friends have made for you. Thanks, Alec.

The ideal front bag should be installed to coordinate aesthetically with the bike and, more importantly (I suppose), to allow the captain to easily access all the essentials he wants at the ready.

Gilles Berthoud

Gilles Berthoud

He says Gilles Berthoud.

Sackville = like

Sackville = like

I say the Berthoud is too little for our burly new bike. How about this Sackville?

Other miscellaneous wrenching must occur at various points during a tandem ride.

Wrenching the Co-Motion

Ideally, said wrenching will occur in a sunny spot.

The initial hesitancy I felt about the Java’s rugged look has dissipated and when I ride it, aside from still being impressed by the size of the top tube, I don’t detect a particularly slower feel from it. If anything, the Java is a lively ride and DEFINITELY far more responsive than the dear old Lead Sled we used during the interim.

I still miss our Speedster, as it was a beautiful bike that was also the first tandem to fit me perfectly. However, I am pleased with how the Co-Motion Java is shaping up, and have no reason to doubt that the Java’s fit will be any different, as it was also custom-sized for Felkerino and me. I’ll report back more fully after we’ve put some brevet miles on it.

Co-Motion tandem

In the meantime, I’m going to check on Felkerino to see if he has changed out the front bag again.

One Final Errandonnee Tweetstorm

Because I loved them so. As always, thank you errandeur tweeps.

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Coming soon: an updated Magic Errandonnee Map. And remember, the deadline for Errandonnee submissions is February 28.

Errandonnee Bloggin’ from the Errandeurs

A ride to dinner with friends

A ride to dinner with friends

I have been so inspired by all of the riding, errandeuring, blogging, and tweeting going on this past almost-fortnight (I like to refer to things like a major tennis tournament).

While I have not been writing as much these days, I have been immersed in perusing as much Errandonnee activity as I can. Today’s post features another blog roundup from the great errandeurs I’ve come to know through this challenge.

  • Biking Yogini of Arlington, Virginia, snuck in an entire Errandonnee while I was not looking. Guess what was her first errand? A yoga class, of course!
  • Bike Style Spokane made the challenge work for her by mixing it up with this activity I’ve heard about called “walking.” She also rode the minimum distance required and stayed true to one of the primary tenets of the Errandonnee– human-powered transportation.
  • Me and the Mundo laments that he did not make it to the library, but he went a lot of other places during the challenge. Find out where here. Oh, and check out this very cool bike he photographed while visiting Crankenstein.
  • In another example of errandeuring in challenging weather, JChernekoff reminds me that I have no right to whine about the D.C. temps. Also, be sure to check out her beautiful Independent! Simply gorgeous!
  • The Hudson Valley Randonneur (New York) dives in at the last minute and maked time for the full Errandonnee in between tough weather and multi-state travel. (In a mostly unrelated side note, he also rides a beautiful Independent.)
  • Meanwhile in Oregon, the Ultimate Coffeeneur Bill A. completes his “Hitchcock-esque” Errandonnee photo set. You know you want to see it.

Coffeeneuring

  • Rootchopper has an even newer title, El Gran Errando. A Spanish errandeur recommended that he change his name from Errando Grande to El Gran Errando, as it sounded more noble. And despite his herky jerky start to the challenge and a brief period of quitting, El Gran Errando crosses the finish line like it was no sweat.
  • An errandeur in Montana? Yes! Two, in fact. Manskerupcycled braved winter weather, road harassment, and so did her kiddo for eight of her 12 errands (honorable mention!). I love the ski goggles in these photos. My dad used to use those when running through the Iowa winters.
  • Windy Run completes his last errands with a tour through Clarendon, and provides a great history lesson along the way.
  • One of the errandeurs representing the Seattle area, Family Ride makes utility cycling look like a great adventure (because it is a great adventure!). Kids, cargo bike, great photos, fun stops. This Errandonnee has been a trip to follow.
  • In the honorable mention category, Town Mouse almost made her Errandonnee happen without even trying. Unfortunately, she lacked the documentation for an official finish, but the effort was solid. AND the first submission I’ve received from Scotland, too!
  • Do you remember the post clarifying that observations do not have to be bike-related but should be related to the errand you’re doing? “For example, while it might be an important thing to learn about yourself, going to the bike shop and realizing that you will never be a dentist would most likely not meet the criteria of something you learned or observed on a bike shop errand.” PhysicsGirl on the Loose burned some brain cells linking her commute and her profession (which is not dentistry) to dentistry. Righteous creativity points!
Surly LHT at the National Gallery, East Wing

Surly LHT at the National Gallery, East Wing

  • Tuckamoredew closes it out with a snowy trip to multiple errands. One stop included a reference to a Sherlock Holmes story an observation about a passed staircase. Are you sure there are 201 steps, Tuckamoredew?
  • Tea? Community meeting? Rambling Rider makes it look effortless as she closes out her twelve errands.
  • Southlakesmom, master of the strategic insertion of the bike helmet into photo, gives us a rundown of her Errandonnee trips and an observation that she did not mind completing the Errandonnee in a more forgiving climate like Northern Virginia.
  • D.C.’s own Randomduck wants a special prize for riding the furthest for a cup of coffee. Does he win? I’m not sure yet, but he’s definitely on the podium.
  • Clodhopper Rides, is an Iowa errandeur (first Iowa resident to participate in any of my challenges) who is down to the wire for Errandonnee completion. Did he make it before the Midwest blizzard hit? Stay tuned to find out!
  • Bromptons make for good company and great errandeuring, as the Brompton Diaries proves with her successful two-day Errandonnee completion. The grocery store, the pub, the restaurant. The Brompton tucks in nicely almost anywhere. And unlike a pet, you don’t have to feed it!
  • What’s better than a winter ride for ice cream? I’d say a summer ride for ice cream, although warm days make for difficult ice cream transport. Anniebikes works her way through the challenge in Vermont. That’s right. Vermont!

It’s a little bit of everything on the blogs, and a whole lot of errandeur goodness.

Thank you, bloggers and errandeurs!

Errandonnee Business Note: If you completed the Errandonnee, be sure to send me your completed control card (electronic submission, and no signature required) via email at gersemalina “at” gmail.com.

Please email me your final submission even if I have retweeted or blogged about you, as it is the only way for me to truly track who has completed the Errandonnee.

I will confirm receipt of your submission via email. If you do not receive a response from me then I did not receive your original email.

Entries accepted until February 28. Thanks, everybody!

Errandonnee: Give Me the Tweet and Nothing But the Tweet!

Alright then. All photos are courtesy of the errandeur who originally tweeted it. Thanks, tweeps!

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Six official submissions received so far. Keep up the good work and the excellent tweets, errandeurs!

The Errandonnee and Simple Pleasures

When I was little, my sisters and I used to play a game we invented called “Sister.” Our variation of playing house, it entailed us making formal visits to each other’s bedrooms, speaking in what we imagined were elegant tones, and frequently employing the term “sister” as we conversed about the goings-on of our lives.

This game amused and perplexed my mother. “Why do you play the game Sister when you are sisters?” she asked us.

“Yes, we are sisters,” we said. “But Sister is when we are nice to each other.”

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I thought about our childhood game this week as I followed the Errandonnee through tweets and blogs and read some of the comments about it.

How does the Errandonnee differ from everyday life? Why do errands have to become a contest?

The Errandonnee is not that different from everyday life. Groceries, doctor’s appointments, work. Most of us have to deal with these types of errands. Many of us may already do these things by bike. However, the Errandonnee is an opportunity to see these activities not just as stuff we have to do, but to appreciate all that we can do via bicycle.

Perhaps one could consider the Errandonnee a contest. I see it more like a game as opposed to a contest. Because of this game I’ve had the great pleasure to connect with other people who move around the city or wherever they live by bike, making this frequently faceless world a slightly smaller, friendlier place. We’ve even shared some internet laughs.

Through the Errandonnee I’ve also peeked into places I’ve never visited–  Montana, Alberta, Australia, Spain, Fort Worth, just to name a few. These places gain new meaning to me as I glimpse them through a cyclist’s perspective.

The Errandonnee is not competitive, except perhaps for the competition with one’s self to meet all the pre-established (yet flexible) Errandonnee criteria.

This post is a long way of saying, it’s not that deep. It’s simple, like a game of Sister– a way to celebrate and take pleasure in the everyday things we do that we sometimes take for granted.

Thank you, errandeurs, for bringing this challenge to life and for making it so much fun. I eagerly await your weekend posts and tweets.

Errandonnee Musings: If One Errandeurs, But No One Blogs It…

Did it make a sound? Who can say? Just in case it doesn’t, I know several people who have dedicated time not only to errandeuring, but to writing about their experiences as well.

My favorite errandeur

My favorite errandeur

I am quite impressed with how quickly people are putting together their posts. They’re faster than a speedy roadie on a fenderless carbon frame. Whoosh!

My staff’s internet research revealed these recent Errandonnee happenings:

  • Rootchopper, originally known as the Errant Errandeur, quit the Errandonnee once, but decided to return for another go. In the first five days of the Errandonnee he’s also completely gone through an identity crisis and returned to the Errandonnee as El Errando Grande. That’s right. Errandeuring can make you lose your mind.
  • Unlike the D.C. area, other places actually get real winter with actual cold temperatures and snowfall that sticks around. Tucamoredew in Edmonton, Alberta (Canda!) has been blogging his rides, and studded tires and snowdrifts are frequently featured in his photos. I even learned about the Canadian kickstand! His commute also passed by the pyramids of the Muttart plant conservatory, and his night photos of the scene are beautiful.
  • The Brompton Diaries blogger, who rides a (guess?) Brompton (good job!) named Basil packed in a busy day of errandeuring. She completed 10 errands in one day, and is halfway toward the overall mileage goal. As you can see by her post, that is one busy day of errands. Bromptons are fun to follow through photos, as their size allows them to go places that full-size frames often don’t.
  • Steadily blogging her progress, Rambling Rider looks like she will easily cross the Errandonnee finish line. Half of her errands are done. Most of the mileage is already covered. Now, if she can just avoid arrest for taking photos of beverages in the CVS.
  • MrTinDC doesn’t have a blog, but he has been keeping up an Errandonnee flickr set and, as you know from yesterday’s Twitter post, tweeting his progress. Almost through the challenge, he informs me that he has not used any Performance Enhancing Drugs. In addition, he has made frequent mention of how he wishes that he needed a haircut.
  • My timing for launching the Errandonnee coincided perfectly with massive snowfall in the Boston area. Who will errandeur in that weather, I asked myself. I now have my answer. Lovely Bicycle will. Not to be pent up indoors, she threw a polka dot saddle cover on her Brompton and headed out to get stuff done. It made for some dramatic errand photos.
  • Tales from the Sharrows is not errandeuring, but he gave the Errandonnee a nice shout-out, in which he recalls the more lucrative challenges this blog never had. I particularly like his false memory of gold doubloons and Jay-Z concert tickets.
Art bike racks are not an errandeur's best friend. This photo's for you, Alex B.

Art bike racks are not an errandeur’s best friend. This photo’s for you, Alex B.

  • Windy Run hones in on the fact that our country has fallen into a national errand crisis, which is naturally the genesis of the Errandonnee. He’s doing his part, though, by doing things riding his bike to coffee shops to read pretentious books and drink foam-laden beverages and taking part in bike-centric Mardi Gras parties. Oh, and then he tops it all off by writing  hilarious blog posts.
  • Random Duck (RandomDuck? Randomduck? I’m not sure) blogged his recent commute home. The heavy car traffic he documented on his evening commute makes me glad I ride a bike to get places.
  • Joan O., an Arlington rider who completed last year’s simple yet difficult Utilitaire, has returned to participate in the Errandonnee. Yahoo! She’s also tracking her progress through flickr. In a funny coincidence, she happened to visit the hardware store at the very same time another errandeur was there, too. Meta-errandeuring!
  • Jerdlngr is another participant using flickr to track her errandeuring. She and MrTinDC are a formidable team, having completed a bunch of trips during the first weekend. I love this shot from the recent MoveDC forum. Eight errands down, four to go.
  • Robert Kerner joined the Errandonnee action and, at least for the moment, is using a lovely Co-Motion as his errandeur steed of choice. Bike envy! A rider from New York state, he’s also dealing with snow, and said that putting on the heavy snow tires causes an adverse psychological reaction about one’s perceived fitness. Just hang in there still Spring arrives!
  • Another Canadian errandeur, Sheriffs in Lethbridge has thrown her hat into the Errandonnee ring, and has so far blogged a ride to work. I confess that I did not know where Lethbridge was until reading her blog so that’s what I learned from her errand!

Are you blogging? Did I miss you? Let me know in the comments or send me an email.

Flower shop and bike tweet

Finally, don’t forget. It’s an important day tomorrow! (Thanks for that tweet, Emilio!)

Errandonnee Updates of the Twitter Kind

A heartfelt thanks to everyone who has embraced and participated in the Errandonnee so far.

The tweets are alive with errands, and they have been so much fun to follow. Here are some of the highlights:

  • An errandeur team stops at a local Safeway to pick up groceries (at night!).

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  • A revelation is had about courtroom 13.

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  • An errandeur brings happiness to a puppy.

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  • A blog-inspired discussion of what to like (or not) about the Errandonnee transpires.

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  • @LA_Underhill takes her bamboo bike out to see the Oak Cliff parade. Bamboo!

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  • A Monday morning commute leads to a Pope-related observation.

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  • A “new bike shakedown ride” qualifies as a Personal Care errand. (Personal Care has become quite the category.)

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  • A tweep makes an errandonnutiae proposal to encourage people to participate with their children.

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  • @MrTinDC uses Bikeshare as errandeur transportation and earns extra righteousness points!

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Thanks to everybody who has brought the Errandonnee to life. You are awesome!

There is still plenty of time to complete the Errandonnee so if you haven’t yet taken the plunge, give it a shot. You might like it and even accomplish some important errands along the way, too!

Your Errandonnee Questions, Answered!

Looks like quite a few people got out this weekend to ride around and get things done! Good job, errandeurs. Errandeur is a French word for people who do errands on their bikes. Kidding! I made it up.

Thanks to all the errandeurs who are tweeting and blogging their trips! (Blog roundup later this week: stay tuned!)

Since the Errandonnee was announced, questions have arisen that were not explicitly covered in the rules. This post includes those questions, and even answers them.

If you have more questions, feel free to tweet them to me (@gypsybug) or write your question as a comment below this or the original Errandonnee post.

Rootchopper: the Errant Errandeur.

Rootchopper: the Errant Errandeur.

  • Q1. Does mileage count one way? If I’m riding one (or more) errands and then go home, do I count the mileage going home, or do I just count the mileage to the errand(s)?

A1. You can actually count both distances toward the 30-mile total. When I was putting it together, I was thinking about average minimum distance round trip.

  • Q2. Would filling up 3 growlers at Chocolate City Brewery count as a “Personal Care” stop if I drink to my health?

A2. OK. I’m feeling a little flexible this year so for purposes of this year’s Errandonnee you may count a beer run or even Happy Hour in the Personal Care category.

  • Q3. So if I stop at a bakery 1 mile from home then ride another 20 miles for fun, do I count the other 20 miles?

A3. You may count the other 20 miles if you like, too. Some people may have to do bonus miles like this to meet the minimum 30-mile overall distance so it is perfectly allowable.

  • Q4. Does biking back from a camping trip count as errandonneuring? 

A4. It would qualify as “Personal Care” or as a “Wild Card.”

  • Q5. If one’s bike commute is dark one direction but daylight the other, how does that count?

A5. You may count it toward one of your two errands that must occur in the dark.

  • Q6. Why is the bank not included as an errand?

A6. You may include a trip to the bank under the Personal Care category. Health-related errands as well as financial-health errands are included this category.

  • Q7. Any bonus for carting children on said errands?

A7. No bonus miles, BUT you do receive extra righteousness points and the possibility that your child could qualify as honorable mention!

  • Q8. If several different errands are combined in one trip, how do I break out the mileage for each? For example, total trip = 13 miles, included 3 categories. How do I indicate such on control card?

A8. You may put the overall mileage under one errand category, and then reference it under the other errand categories you completed that day.

I do not expect people to track miles from one errand to the next, unless that is something they want to do– only overall mileage for the day’s outing.

  • Q9. Can I do all 12 of my errands in one day?

A9. Yes, of course, provided you meet all of the other Errandonnee requirements.

  • Q10. Does the observation or thing I learned have to be bike-related?

A10. No, but it should relate in some way to your errand.

For example, while it might be an important thing to learn about yourself, going to the bike shop and realizing that you will never be a dentist would most likely not meet the criteria of something you learned or observed on a bike shop errand.

  • Q11. What’s this Errandonnee business and how is it different from day-to-day life?

A11. It’s no different from day-to-day life for some of us except you get a prize from me for doing it! So you see? You should do it!

  • Q12. I just took my new bike out for a five-mile shakedown ride. Can I count it as a Personal Care errand?

A12. Sure. If a beer run counts, then you might as well do one on a finely tuned bike.

  • Q13. I forgot to take a photo during my errand. What can I do?

Q13. The photos are really to document your errand. In the event you were unable to take a photo (or forgot), you may try another method– say a receipt or a witness or something, get creative– to evidence your trip, and the Errandonnee Rules Committee will consider it.

  • Q14. I meet up with a couple of bike club leaders for easy, recreational rides, always involving coffee, food, and conversation. I bicycle to the train station, take the train into the city where the club is, bicycle to the meeting point, and then, of course, do the ride.Does this qualify as a coffee, lunch or wild card errand for purposes of this challenge?

A14. If it is a formal organized ride, then it would be a Wild Card for riding to the start. OR you could be bold and say that riding to the start of the ride is Personal Care, providing you give a justification… say, “The bike ride is for my health and I make it even healthier by riding to the start. Personal Care!”

  • Q15. Are tea and coffee interchangeable? That is, can a tea-date count in the coffee category? Also, does it have to be at a coffee shop?

A15. Yes, tea and coffee are interchangeable. Yes, a tea-date may count in the coffee category. No, a tea- or coffee-date does not have to happen at a coffee shop. It could even be the 7-11 (though I’m pretty sure the drinks would not be that good)!

  • Q16. I’m a school bus driver. I go to work, but come home in the middle of the day and return to work later for the afternoon route- do I count it as two separate Work errands, or one long Work commute for the day?

A16. You may count it as two separate errands in the Work category because you are doing two round trips.

  • Q17. Do you REALLY want 12 photos e-mailed to you, or would you like us to post them on our own blog/site and you can check them there?

A17. Good question. You have a variety of options:

  1. If you have a blog, you can post them there and send me the links.
  2. You may also use flickr or Picasa and link me to your photos that way as well.
  3. You can send me the links to your Errandonnee tweets.
  4. Finally, I will accept 12 photos via e-mail if that’s what works best for you.
  • Q18. Can I do a multi-modal errandonnee? For example, can I ride my bike to the train station, take the train to another location, and bike from the train station to wherever my errand is?

A18. Yes, you can do a multi-modal errandonnee, but only the miles where you rode your bike count toward the total Errandonnee mileage.

  • Q19. My only question is, pronunciation, when I tell friends what I am doing. Errand-O-nnee or Er-RAND-onnee?

A19. I have always pronounced it Er-RAND-onnee, but given that it is a made up word I think the first pronunciation is perfectly fine, too!

  • Q20. Can we submit a Strava map image in lieu of a ride photo?

A20. Yes, you can submit a Strava link, although a photo is preferred.

  • Q21. If I bike to where I planned to run an errand, but fail to actually complete the errand, does that still count? In my case, I went to a bike shop only to find that it’s closed all week.

A21. Yes, you can still count it, provided you documented it.

  • Q22. Could riding to school count in the work category, or is it more of a Wild Card?

A22. Are you a student? If so it counts as work.

  • Q23. Will a bookstore work in lieu of library (if we go for “reading research”), or does that fall under “any store other than grocery store”?

A23. Library and book reading. 1. A book store cannot count as library, but as noted, as store that is not the grocery store.

  • Q24. The phrase, “also includes book reading” confuses me — does that mean that riding somewhere to read a book that I already have, could go under the Library heading?

A24. I had not considered this interpretation of riding somewhere to read a book one already owns. Yes, it qualifies. I will count it as a “Library Without Walls” library.

  • Q25. Could visiting a friend who’s going through, let’s say, a very tough time, count as “Community Meeting?” Or is the point of that category that more than two people are involved in whatever the event is (and that the purpose of the event is “bigger than”, or “outside”, those two people)?

A25. It would not count under Community Meeting. That is intended to be, as you suggest, larger than two people. However, you could count it as a Wild Card, OR if you visited and had lunch or breakfast or something, you could count it in the Breakfast or Lunch category.

  • Q26. Does daughter’s ballet class count as a community meeting?

A26. Yes, you may count it as a community meeting.

The Errandonnee: It’s Starting

February 9. In some places, the Errandonnee has already started. For us, it’s a mere four hours away. Are you in?

Where will you go?

Surly LHT in the early evening at the Reflecting Pool

Surly LHT. Early evening at the Reflecting Pool

What errands will you do?

Cupcake Commuting, pre-commute

Cupcake Commuting, pre-commute

If you purchase something, how will you transport it safely home?

Carradice cupcake commuting

Carradice cupcake commuting

And what will you do with it once you reach your destination?

Post-commute cupcakes

Post-commute cupcakes. Time to dine

The Errandonnee. It’s going to be a great 12 days.