Just another bikey day

Okay, yesterday I actually got hollered at by a yaboo in a pickup — whipping past me to duck under the viaduct by the bus terminal (there are concrete posts in the middle of the road where we go underneath so they had to go by pretty fast).   I made a point of pulling out my phone and pointing it here and there and they disappeared pretty quickly.

I have put the plates on the car thing.   I had no desire to drive it to the Sisters’ Residence, though.   I’m going to try tokeep a full on diary of when I drive it — or, at least, when I do stuff with it like buy gas or wiper blades.   We’ll see how long that lasts — but it might work just because I won’t be using the thing much.

That said, the Transport isn’t as much fun as the Xtra for commuting.   The “oh,, I’ll just drive in” threshold is closer.   This weekend — going to get that light thing working.   I might swing by bike shops and see if they have the connectors handy and would part with one for me, or I’ll spend a few bucks (ugh! for half a cent worth of plastic that I could probably make with a 3D printer!)  on one.

The Transport’s not as much fun because its railings and things clang madly with every bump.   I need to find somebody who likes to mess with things 🙂   There’s got to be a way to quell the chaos. It *is* however tolerable now that I’ve stuck a bag on the other side for ballast balance.

Today I left work at 5:05 ’cause I really did want time to put the license plates on and in case people needed time.  Wow!  It’s a party out there!   Easily 3 times as many bicycle commuters.   So… the registration and stuff are all in the ccar where they’re supposed to be… the license plates are on… it is, really, “my car.”

I still hate cars.   We’ll see how this goes.

 

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I’m almost car-full

…. Probably some time in thenext two or three days I’ll have done the paperwork and handed over the money and a legally registered, insured car will be in my driveway.

It’s an experiment.   Will I do more if I have a car?   For instance, I just read about an event in Illinois that — with a car — I could say “sure, I’ll be there, no problem!”   My car-free experiment of these 9 years informs me that no, I don’t do the complicated planning to get there other ways.  I just don’t think too hard about stuff that’s more than 10 miles away unless somebody else is going.  It’ll be handy-dandy next Thursday when I’ve got a Thing to BE At in Bloomington-Normal.  There are some church things in Kankakee that I could entertain participating in.

… but no more counting chickens ’til they’ve hatched…   and the car will be returned to my brother when he wants it back…

nIFTY tech

(and not so nifty)    I went down to the Bike Project last night to pick up a new Busch-Muller light.     The Luxos that it’s replacing is the not so nifty tech — sorry, the “charge your USB port” light isn’t made for Sue Jones riding — which is to say actual, every day riding.  Connections failed and … waterproof?  Well, sort of…

This one is elegant and literally brilliant (though I didn’t get the higher end — I’ll see just how bright it is when it’s installed).

The nifty tech?   Plastic bar-coded “member” cards for the Bike PRoject.    Scan and it has member info… I can wave it over a thingy to sign in.

Not so nifty — some of the gaps in when you can do what, but that’s their problem 🙂

Light rain on the commute … I had topped up the tyres so that my “soothing rain ride” pace was almost as fast as previous days’  Endorphin Chasing Charges… and my skull lights … okay, pics or it didn’t happen — pending 🙂

Profiling

Yes I confess, I do it — but I don’t stick with the profiles.   So I don’t *really* know the life story of the guy on the electric assist bike who inspired me to think “hey, they could lower the threshold for removing your driver’s license these days — those bikes can let you stay employed.”

And this morning, as I cut into the parking lot that is part of the “Bke route’ on the Ruby Award Campus Infrastructure (it’s Lip Service — sidewalk, road, no cut curb so you have to do a mess of 90 degree turns).. this guy just pulled out where he’d been paused as if I weren’t there, looking everywhere… “HELLO!”   He sort of glanced at me… “Please WATCH WHERE YOU’RE GOING!”   I was not deserving of eye contact.   Hey, Mr. PRivilege who does not deem me worthy of existing (did I mention I was profiling?)  … I actually said “A BLESSING ON YOU AND EVERYONE YOU ENDANGER TODAY.”   Now, I would like to be able to say it without the all caps… and I then realized it would be reasonable for him to have seen me an dexpected me to keep going straight onto the sidewalk (I didn’t because there were peds on it … and he was stopped in the parking lot, not moving at decision time).   I’m sure he heard it (pretty sure the pedestrians did, too…)

…  but holy everything, people are nuts.   Gunning down people in Vegas.   No trouble getting out of bed this morning because that on the news did things in my stomach.

Please, sane people I think we need to get together and either clear out the poisons that are doing this to people or strengthen them so people can’t do that stuff.

79.5 miles

This past two weeks I”ve done a few extra miles including a 6:01 lap around campus where I loafed part of it — and 15 mph average (it’s 1.45 miles) is significant on a cargo bike.   The car thing — I still don’t have a title on it.  (oops, that charger isn’t plugged in yet…)   But still… the 44 mile “Rail to Trail fundraiser” ride at Homer Lake, okay, I’ll ride to it (13 miles)… probably see if I can toss the bike in somebody’s vehicle at the end because … I”m not in shape … Except … yea, we ended up doing a scenic ride home instead  and after 79 miles I am ready to … go for a bike ride.

People, get a bike that fits 🙂   Nothing is sore — I don’t even feel tired.   (Erm, yes, we also .had high temps in the 70’s.   Heat exhausts me. Oh, and… the wind picked up and yea, we were sailing home. )

5 miles from 5000 on the year — maybe the errands will do that but I don’t let numbers dictate.   (I *thought* I had this but that was to make 700 on the month.)

I asked and they said about 125 participants.  It felt like more than that.

 

On Time!

DIdn’t have to make the lights this a.m. to cruise in … 75 degrees already 😦   I shall ride tomorrow b/c of all those motivational things on twitter.   Winds from the SE again.   Gee, if I were really a weather goddess, the winds would have allowed me to demo a 30-ish mile route in all the different directions.    We’ll see – the possibilities are many.

Solidarity : )

Early commute day… that half mile stretch on White Street had 1 bicycle pass me, four or five come the other way, 3 busses go by one way or the other and 2 or 3 of those car things.   Pretty good proportions in my book 🙂

I was just enough ahead of the busses (there’s a “mass departure” at 7:40 from the terminal I ride by so transfers can happen) to greet the regular bus riders waiting at the stop and several didn’t seem that happy to greet the day.   In the second mile on Church two cars approached from behind and one used a horn (no close calls, nothing aggressive and I didn’t really see who was honking at whom — me? other driver?)   – and another ‘morning regular’ called out some unintelligible but supportive greeting at me. I appreciated the lift it gave me — the feeling that the *people* on the streets are in this thing together and the machines of menace aren’t going to defeat us.

Think I’m going to try to include a little more of that sentiment in my greetings henceforth.

Maria’s category four and slamming Puerto Rico.   We were so relieved when Irma wasn’t a direct hit.   Humans:   help each other.