Archives for: July 2006, 01
With gas prices so high, I've been doing more errands on my bicycle this summer. I rarely drive to the post office or the bank any more. I've even taken to dropping clothes off at the dry cleaners. It's too hot and humid to run except in the early morning, but I can ride any time of the day. The wind in my face keeps me comfortably cool.
The other day I rode to the grocery store. I don't do much grocery shopping from the bicycle because I can't carry very many things home. On this particular day I had a short list. I was loading my grocery sacks into the bicycle baskets, completely oblivious to what was going around me.
A voice asked what I was doing. It was a friend I hadn't seen in a long time. We visited for several minutes catching up on each others lives and what our kids were up to. She asked again what I was doing. I said that I tried to do a different exercise every day. Sometimes I ran, and sometimes I swam. I saved up errands close to home and did them on my bicycle.
She said "I could do that!" I don't know if she has followed through, but I hope so. Bicycling is fun because I am outside in the fresh air and sunshine. Bicycling can be strenuous enough for a Type O, or relaxed enough for someone just starting to exercise. When I ride the stress melts away, and when I get home I can check several items off of my to do list.