Okay, first of all, don’t forget about my giveaway. And if you don’t mind, please help spread the word. I’m extending the deadline by one day and I may even throw in some more goodies if anything catches my eye in Vegas.
So a side benefit of not running is that it’s easier to multi-task. When running, it’s just too awkward to try and carry anything larger than a cell phone or packet of fuel. But I don’t have the same issue when walking or biking. I already mentioned my walk to the post office and Costco on Black Friday. On Wednesday, I made a quick stop at Albertson’s during the tail-end of my walk to buy some scallions. Then yesterday I had my biggest adventure yet.
I wanted to give my walking muscles a break and decided to bike over to REI and Target (which are conveniently right next to each other) to return some unwanted purchases. It’s about 6 miles each way. Even though it was dark out, I tried to be as thorough as possible to stay safe. I stuck to major roads, had my bike lights on, had my mace easily accessible, and of course I was wearing a helmet. In my backpack I had my heavy duty bike lock and the items I needed to return, along with my wallet, cell phone, and keys.
After locking up my bike outside REI, I had a successful time at REI (bought a headband with extra flaps to keep my ears warm) and Target (found another pair of the petite Champion pants – did I mention they’re on sale for only $14). I was happy to see my bike was still there, and set off on my way home.
Of course, that isn’t the end of the story though. I got about two minutes down the road and realized I forgot to turn my bike lights on. I glanced down and did a double-take. My front bike light was missing!!! Someone stole my light!!! I was so mad. What really pissed me off is that the bike rack is right in front of REI and it’s not exactly a high traffic area. The only people who should have been walking by are people shopping at REI and I figured outdoorsy people aren’t the type to steal. But I guess you just can’t trust anyone anymore.
I ended up turning around and wheeling my bike right into REI while wearing my helmet and everything. One of the employees helped me pick out a new light and showed me how to use it. He was even nice enough to fill up the air in my tires which made the ride home a lot better than it probably would have been otherwise. So I did make it home safe and sound. And I guess the moral of the story is that next time I not only have to lock up my bike tight, but remove the lights too.