Friday, March 16, 2012

Utilitaire 12 of 12 - Hat Trick!! (including grocery store)

Date: 3/16/2012
Destination: Giant Foods, Severna Park, MD
Miles Completed: 7.3 miles round trip.
Learned / observed: The peepers stopped peeping as I approached. Never happened before.
Dark Ride: Yes, on the return home.

Hat Trick!  Three utilitaire stops in one ride:  The Bank, Office Depot and Giant Foods!!  I'll take credit for the grocery stop as I've already used two non-grocery store visits.  All squeezed in before dinner on the last day.  So that's it.  The Utilitaire 12 challenge is done.  All I have to do is complete my Utilitaire control card and turn in on Sunday.

My Popeye diet of spinach green salads for lunch and dinner has gone very well this week.  The ham I'd been dicing up to include with the spinach greens and other vegies was exhausted by the end of the week so I went to the  grocery store to get some chicken breasts which I'll grill up on Sunday so I can dice them in to my lunch salads for next week.  Also got some eggs to be hard boiled and diced as well, and a proper plastic bowl with lid, which will serve as a nice upgrade from the zip lock bags I've been using.  My average cost per lunch meal this week was about $3 vs the $12 - $15 I often spent eating lunch at the deli's and eateries near my office.  So I ate healthier lunches, stuck with it for the dinners each night because I felt so good, and spent a lot less money.  Why didn't I start doing this sooner?

I like to print my cue sheets and control cards on card stock.  I'll be riding the new Potapsco Patuxent Chesapeake 210K permanent tomorrow with Fleche team mates Mike C and Jack N.  Then we'll pause for dinner and continue in to the evening for another 40 miles or so to practice some night riding in preparation for next month's Fleche.  I was out of card stock so the Surly also took me to Office Depot in order to be properly prepared tomorrow with my cues on stiff cards instead of flimsy paper.  It's the little things that give me peace of mind while riding.  I'm looking forward to riding this route as fellow SPP member Gardner D developed it specifically so we'd have a route that starts close to home.  I can ride the 5 miles to the start, no car required.  No unloading bikes from racks and fitting bags, lights and computers at the start.  It also helps the weather forecast is awesome. Wish me luck..

The Surly and the shopping carts, all beasts of burden, found a connection at the Giant.

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