The first weekend I had my bike, I did two trips.
Never ridden before, remember.
On Saturday, I rode to the 7-11 with Otto. It’s 600 metres either way, and we rode on the footpath. She rode her scooter in front of me, which I found challenging because she started and stopped pretty erratically. And fell off once, on the way home. Her, not me. Total distance: 1.2 Km. Total cost per Km: $1162.50
On Sunday, I rode to the 7-11 by myself. Otto was annoyed because this meant she didn’t get a Slurpee. I, however, did. I rode part of the way on the road, which I found scary when the noisy motorbike passed me! I had trouble getting my head around transitions – from footpath to road, and from road to 7-11. Got off & walked for those bits. Total distance: 1.2 km. Total cost per Km: $581.25
Then I didn’t ride all week, mainly because I was working crazy hours and didn’t want to ride in the dark. But also because it was bucketing down on Wednesday, which was the only day I wasn’t at work. Not game to ride in the rain or the dark yet. Total distance: 0.
This weekend, I didn’t do as much riding as planned, because I was at the Home Show on Saturday (of which more, anon). But I went out on Sunday and rode to Aldi. That’s a kilometer, maybe a little more. Call it a 2Km round trip. I parked out the back (later discovered I could have parked a bit closer) and had to stuff everything into a couple of carrier bags and juggle it all the way back. I find shopping at Aldi to be confusing and disconcerting. I bought a $15 bike pump, some flowers, a daggy yellow fluorescent vest, some caramel popcorn and a bunch of bananas. Also coco pops, orange juice and cheese. Total distance: 2km. Total cost per km: $320.45 (including the pump) (not including the coco pops etc).
The good news was that even loaded up with shopping my bike was not noticeably heavier or more unwieldy to ride. And the flowers were a nice touch.
It took me six minutes to ride home. That’s already faster than walking – and considerably easier, given what I was carrying. And I rode on the road and I did not entirely freak when the learner driver passed me. I don’t think they were going much faster than me, to be honest.
Still not game to ride at night, though. And I walked the bike across the intersection.
Next weekend I want to go to Aldi TWICE. There are ceramic knives, slow cookers and Lemsip Max to tempt me. And a foot massager and pink “Ladies’ toolkit” from Wednesday.