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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Errandonee Redux

Mar.23, 2017 4m
Mar mtd: 48m ytd: 316
Errandonnee 2017-08: Self-care. Scheduled appointment at the psychologist again. "When in doubt, breathe." That's his window at the yellow arrow.



Errandonee 2017-09 Work: Rode to Crazy Mocha, made some Gig-Economy Flex-Work phone calls.



Total Errandonne Miles: 17, of 30 required

The categories, Seven of Which Must be Satisfied, with Four Six Accomplished:

  • Personal Care (6,8)
  • Personal Business ✔ (4)
  • You carried WHAT on your bike (or back)?!
  • Arts and Entertainment ✔ (2)
  • Non-Store Errand
  • Social Call (7)
  • Work or Volunteering ✔(3,9)
  • Store ✔ (1,5)
  • Wild Card (surprise me!)

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Errandonnee 2017: Shrink Wrapped

Mar 22, 2017 8miles
Mar mtd: 44m ytd: 312

Errandonnee 2017-06: Personal Care. Biked to a therapist appointment, in the building which apparently contains more mental health professionals than any other in Pittsburgh.


Errandonnee 2017-07: Social Call. Stopped at Chilren's Hospital to visit a friend.



The categories, Seven of Which Must be Satisfied, with Four Six Accomplished:

  • Personal Care (6)
  • Personal Business ✔ (4)
  • You carried WHAT on your bike (or back)?!
  • Arts and Entertainment ✔ (2)
  • Non-Store Errand
  • Social Call (7)
  • Work or Volunteering ✔(3)
  • Store ✔ (1,5)
  • Wild Card (surprise me!)


Monday, March 20, 2017

Errandonee 2017: It Begins

March 20, 2017 5 miles
Mar mtd: 36m ytd: 304

Errandonnee 2017-1: A Store. REI for no-finger gloves on the first day of spring.

Errandonnee 2017-2: Arts & Entertainment. I read at Barnes & Noble for a while. Disappointingly little is new.

Errandonnee 2017-3: Work. I made several work phone calls and did some Cloud-Google-gig at Panera's.

Errandonnee 2017-4: Personal Business. My silver-gray locks needed whacking.

Errandonnee 2017-5: A Store. Stopped at Staples to retrieve a ship-to-store audio cable.


The categories, Seven of Which Must be Satisfied, with Four Accomplished:

  • Personal Care
  • Personal Business ✔ (4)
  • You carried WHAT on your bike (or back)?!
  • Arts and Entertainment ✔ (2)
  • Non-Store Errand
  • Social Call (includes restaurants, coffee, and other social activities)
  • Work or Volunteering ✔(3)
  • Store ✔ (1,5)
  • Wild Card (surprise me!)


Saturday, March 18, 2017

Bloggus Interruptus

Feb. 16, 10 miles
Feb 21, 11 miles
Feb EOM: 130m ytd: 268
Mar.7th, 21 miles
Mar.16, 10 miles
Mar mtd: 31m ytd: 299


Pardon my interruption.

Errandonnee 2017 is upon us, 12 errands in 12 days with at least 30 miles, sounds like fun!



Reworked my cockpit, replaced my old sun-faded rainbow tape with some new Pride Tape which is for sale in the retail shop at the PPG Hockey Arena. Have to see how it holds up.



Monday, February 13, 2017

Bumper Bike, Tunnel to the Point, Olives

Thur 2/09/2017 10m
Sat 2/11/2017 11m
Sun 2/12/2017 24m
Mon 2/13/2017 15m
Feb mtd: 109m ytd: 247
Thursday I rode around town, stopped at Adda Coffeeshop, was surprised to meet Bumper Bike, a/k/a Aaron Isaiah Massengill. He was energized and talkative as always; it must be said he's troubled and mentally ill. It was nice to see he's still alive.

This is the location of a new power plant proposed for the Buena Vista area on the GAP:



Sat if was 58F outside and I just don't know how to dress for that temperature.

Sunday I rode around town. Saw a cyclist on a nice Specialized bike, turns out it's an e-bike:



Hooked up with YC for a few miles. Rode around Point State Park to discover (for myself) an access tunnel that MvD identified in her Frigid Bitch video. I had no idea it existed.

Stopped in Bloomfield for dinner. Afterwards, descending 40th Street from Penn in the dark, I hit a pothole and my Ortlieb pannier broke it's main mounting bracket. I've had this one in continual use for six years, I really can't grip about it.

Monday I rode around town. Picked up some great olives at Salonika Imports. Really a pretty day:


Thursday, February 2, 2017

LORAN Station Carolina Beach

Wed Feb1, 2017 29m
Thur Feb2, 2017 20m
Feb mtd: 49m ytd: 187
Wednesday I rode across the Intracoastal Waterway, which qualifies as the big hill around here, and took River Road. I passed an old USCG Loran station, which was decommissioned in 2010. It took like 25 years to decommission the LORAN network. Photo from the bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway:


Thursday I rode south to Federal Point. Less windy. The drivers here are cooperative.


I've been getting a little experience with campfire technique, and I've done some batoning for gee-whiz (and without cutting off any personal parts!) Campfire building is something I want to develop this year.




Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Goodbye January

Tues Jan 24, 2017 18m
Mon, Jan 30, 2017 19m
Jan EOM:138m ytd:138m

Tuesday was a ride around town day. I was able to take a photo of the newly-placed sign on the Ft. Duquesne Bridge, which I am so pleased about: there was always the possibility of a transient cyclist bearing left and going airborne over the staircase. This is a great sign.




Monday I rode from Carolina Beach State Park, near Wilmington NC, to Federal Point. Lovely place, fairly typical of a beach town in winter months. All the historic signs down here, of course, talk about blockage runners and the great battle of Fort Fisher and unspoken (of course) is the fact that these were Confederate efforts in the War on Slavery.


The inlet is the Cape Fear River, which in more recent memory calls to mind a movie title.


After the fall of Norfolk, VA, Wilmington NC was the Confederacy's primary Atlantic seaport. The Naval Bombardment that preceded the battle of Fort Fisher was the world's largest known naval bombardment to that time.



Carolina Beach is a nice place. There's a bit of a boardwalk and what looks like a few rows of carnival shops, closed for the season. Really nice swing-seats looking out to sea.