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— Chasing Mailboxes (@coffeeneur) November 19, 2013
Ultimately I did not finish (6/7 isn't bad with two small children) so while I wanted to try the Errandonnering Challenge, it wasn't clear that I could even get to start it. This was an exceptionally cold and snowy winter. Actually the winter hasn't been that cold compared to historic patterns but with climate change we all are a little softer. Well, maybe I am a little softer these days. And I've had a rough winter around colds, including a nasty sore throat the last few days. And the rules! There are fifteen of them (one requires that I do this on earth and another is to quit if it becomes stressful, so maybe I exaggerate) and you have to carry a control card, like in a real randonnee. But here I am, 2 days into the errandonnee and I'm involved, to the tune of 5 miles and 4 or 5 legitimate stops. Here they are:
1) stop to make a bank deposit. They have outdoor parking but they didn't mind me leaving my bike out of the way in the entrance way. I could have mailed this in but it was a beautiful day.
4) Stop by a friend's house for coffee. Actually, this wasn't intentional. I was riding by and he invited me in for coffee. So I guess this falls under the rules of a coffee shop. There wasn't anything about visiting friends but it fits the general idea (getting out on your bike) but not the actually running any kind of errand.
So there it is. 4 and maybe 5 errands. Or maybe only 3 if the coffee at friend's house doesn't fit within the rules. I'll have to start filling in my control card. Shhh ... I didn't fill it in at each stop even though that's required in a randonnee.