Originally I dismissed the idea of 30 Days of Biking, launched in 2010 and posted to Twitter by two Minneapolis cyclists as #30daysofbiking.
It is returning in 2012, and already I can see several dates looming in April when I just don’t know how I’ll get out on my bike.
I have good reasons to skip those days. But other people have what they call “good reasons” to skip a day, or a week, or a month or to never use a bike to ride to work, run an errand, or just get some exercise.
Maybe my reasons are just as lame. So I’m going to give it a go and see how many days I can ride this month. Maybe I’ll do all 30, which would be great. Maybe I’ll only hit 25, which would still be more days than I usually ride (my average is 15 to 20 a month).
My inspiration comes from Kent’s Bike blog. He’s not only riding 30 days, but his post subjects will be A-Z.
On the first day of 30 Days of Biking, I combined my interests in biking and gardening by heading over to the farmers’ market in Newcastle (WA) where I picked up a couple of bags of organic compost (photo above).
I bought that used Yakima trailer for bicycle camping, but I use it far more regularly for grocery shopping and errands like this one.
Since I haven’t been riding with a lot of weight this winter, this gave me a chance to get some “ultra-heavy” training for some bicycle touring later on. I biked directly to the market, which is 2 miles away, but took a meandering 6 miles home.
Weight is good
The rig was surprisingly easy to control with 30 some pounds in the trailer, and it rolled along easily enough until I got to the climbs. That’s where gravity overcame my momentum and I lost my cadence as I stumbled into my stump-puller gears.
But riding with this weight is a solid, earthy experience, especially when the weight is compost. It awakens some muscle-memories from previous bike tours, and now I’m looking forward to riding my bike loaded down with camping gear in the months ahead.
30 days of biking
Total days — 1
Total miles — 8