The bikes move indoors

Since we don’t have a garage or shed, we needed somewhere to put the bikes so they’re accessible but out of the elements.  Turns out there is a whole category of indoor-aesthetically pleasing-apartment-bike storage!  (Not usually a factor in the Midwest.)  (The storage issue…..not the aesthetically pleasing part.)

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Now our office exists in a bike-jungle!

Summer Detox, part 3

1. One of us (me) does not have a car

Well, I’m most of the way through the month and I haven’t starved to death yet!  We both got our bikes tuned up last month.  Mine is 16 years old!  I got the rear gears and the chain replaced for the first time.

Week 1: Biked approx. 7.5 miles to work, 6 miles to farmers’ market.  Feeling pretty good!

Week 2: Rainy.  Bussed to teaching, then walked approx. 10 miles to orchestra this week on unfortunate shoes.  Left foot now hurting in a way that is new to me…..

Week 3:  Trying to stay off my feet.  Biked to a concert at the high school, along a nice new road I did not know about!  9 miles round trip, and gorged on ice cream when I got home because I was famished.  Bussed to teaching, then walked around the grocery store, aggravating my foot.  I need better walking shoes!  Also got a compliment on my speed from a more serious biker!

 

I’m excited and bummed about this commuter project we will not be around to see.  They are turning the main bus corridor into a rapid-bus-transit dedicated fast lane, with entries flush to the ground, prepay kiosks, and thank god reducing this 45 mph road that runs through town.  brt

 

Michiganders

There’s your answer folks!  Michi-Ganders.  Love it.

Here NPR covers a story related to the title of my blog.  Apparently the two hand-states are fighting over which one is more mitten-like.

My favorite listener comment:  “That’s funny, Wisconsin to me looks more like a big union-busting billy club.”