Hello, errandeurs, friends, and others. I have received a few additional questions about the Errandonnee categories that this post attempts to answer.
Remember, you can do the Errandonnee in 12 days or 1. Since the last day to complete the challenge is March 19 (midnight in your area), that means you still have plenty of time to throw your helmet into the ring.
I will also add these to the original Q&A so we have one go-to spot for all questions.
Q1. My only question is, pronunciation, when I tell friends what I am doing. Errand-O-nnee or Er-RAND-onnee?
- A1. 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!
Q2. Can we submit a Strava map image in lieu of a ride photo?
- A2. Yes, you can submit a Strava link, although a photo is preferred.
Q3. 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.
- A3. Yes, you can still count it, provided you documented it.
Q4. Could riding to school count in the work category, or is it more of a Wild Card?
- A4. Are you a student? If so it counts as work.
Q5. 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”?
- A5. Library and book reading. 1. A book store cannot count as library, but as noted, as store that is not the grocery store.
Q6. 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?
- A6. 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.
Q7. 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)?
- A7. 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.
Q8. Does daughter’s ballet class count as a community meeting?
- A8. Yes, you may count it as a community meeting.
Any other questions, please let me know and I’ll add them to the list. And keep up the great tweets and blog posts!