Errandonneuring #4 and #5

Here’s my embarrassingly short ride to work. It’s about .75 miles one way if I ride on 16th Street, as I did on Monday. (Occasionally, I’ll take Mount Pleasant Street if I leave between 8 and 9 a.m., because 16th Street gets so trafficky.) There’s control #5, to and from work, adding 1.5 miles for a total of 11 miles.

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Here’s some stuff we do in my office:

Also, I was immensely proud of the traffic numbers on WABA’s blog earlier this week. My boss wrote an excellent post about why we oppose Maryland’s mandatory helmet law, and thanks to some crossposting and significant circulation (and, I guess, the fact that people really, really love to talk about helmets), Quick Release’s traffic peaked.


I am wondering if I can make anything I did yesterday count as an errandonnee, because my movement was very multi-modal. I rode to work, left my office around 3 p.m. for a quick ride (it was so gorgeous out!), and rode to L Street to watch the bike ambassadors do their thing. I then walked to Metro Center, took the Red line to Silver Spring, walked to the Silver Spring Civic Center for an Action Committee for Transit meeting about the Purple line, and walked to Quarry House for post-meeting margaritas and tacos. Then, I rode down Georgia for a last drink at DC Reynolds. If a beer counts as dessert, I can justify last night’s 4.2-mile ride from Quarry House to DC Reynolds as control #6, coffee or dessert, for a total of 15.2 miles so far.


Current errandonnee status: 14.8 miles and a bike shop, dinner, any store that’s not the grocery store, personal care/health, a library, and a wild card to go.

Errandonneuring #1, #2, and #3

Mary, writer of Chasing Mailboxes and creator of most excellent riding challenges modeled after the structure of a randonnee, has unveiled a thing to do in February: errandonneuring.

I only completed two coffeeneuring controls last fall. I wasn’t really trying! I like the errandonneuring challenge because it somewhat relies on not trying—all the controls are things I have to do anyway. Hopefully, I’ll have to do all of them within a 12-day span, and the total mileage will equal thirty or more. I will be an accidental errandonneur.

If I’ve read the rules correctly, I’ve knocked off three different controls: I attended MoveDC’s Idea Exchange at the Martin Luther King Jr. library yesterday. (I’ll write about it for WABA’s blog soon; no need to say much here other than it was good to see a number of D.C. cyclists out in force.) On the way home, I stopped at District Taco for lunch. This evening, I went to the Adams Morgan Yes! to stock up on juicing supplies. So that covers a public meeting, a lunch (7.4 miles together), and a grocery store trip (2.1 miles, for a total of 9.5 miles).

Behold, Garmin outputs screenshotted from Strava:

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I rarely take pictures of my rides, but here are some tangentially related shots:


Eric and I point like planners.


The results of two hours of collective juicing with Rebecca and Nelle.

I’ve got 20.5 miles and six errands (a bike shop, coffee or dessert, dinner, any store that’s not the grocery store, personal care and health, a library, work, and a wild card) to go. I live about a mile away from most of the things I do—including my job!—so sometimes I get lazy about running the Garmin, and my mileage is pretty low compared to many of those in #bikdc. But I’m interested to see how far I get.