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Going for the groceries

One of my goals in Riding Clyde is to be able to do moderate grocery shopping by bike. The grocery store I'd like to frequent for this purpose is 2.5 miles from home, up a bit of a hill.

Yesterday I took a little spin around the neighborhood and tried heading up that hill. Half a block in, I had to turn around and go back down. I tried again on the next block. Same thing. Repeat, same thing.

Today I made it! I got all the way to New Seasons on 33rd and Killingsworth. Now I just need panniers. And to remember my wallet.

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coyotesuspect
Sep. 7th, 2009 02:14 am (UTC)
And to remember my wallet.
LOL But congrats on achieving your goal!
emeraldsedai
Sep. 7th, 2009 02:50 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'm very proud.
pennywhistle
Sep. 7th, 2009 03:28 am (UTC)
SUCCESS! Congratulations!
emeraldsedai
Sep. 7th, 2009 03:34 am (UTC)
Thank you! It's been very interesting, the combination of muscle-memory, muscle-awakening, aerobic comeback, self-talk--I'm surprised at how quickly I've moved through some of the perceived obstacles.

Mostly, though, it just feels so damn good to go out there every day and ride around. The sense of liberation is remarkable.
creedcascade
Sep. 7th, 2009 03:28 pm (UTC)
Go you!
emeraldsedai
Sep. 7th, 2009 03:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

And your icon is awesome and hilarious!
str8ontilmornin
Sep. 10th, 2009 04:37 am (UTC)
Way to go! You didn't do the bags on the handlebars thing did you?
emeraldsedai
Sep. 10th, 2009 04:43 am (UTC)
I haven't done anything yet, but I'm aiming for panniers on the back rack. Any suggestions for me?
str8ontilmornin
Sep. 10th, 2009 05:06 am (UTC)
I've got a set of red Ortlieb waterproof panniers. I've ridden in the rain many times and they've never given me any trouble. The top rolls closed and is further tightened with an adjustable strap. Each bag comes with a shoulder strap that you can attach to the panniers and then easily remove.
I recommend these but they are pretty basic and ,I think, only come in red, yellow or silver.
str8ontilmornin
Sep. 10th, 2009 05:07 am (UTC)
I should add that Ortlieb have LOTS of other options.
emeraldsedai
Sep. 10th, 2009 05:28 am (UTC)
Thank you for the rec! Clyde is red, so red might be fun.
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