Errandonee-ing, Day 2

Okay, I’m two-for-two with the Errandonee Challenge. I was re-reading the rules today and realized it’s not just 30 miles, I also have to complete 12 errands in the 12 days. Arg!

MG says somewhere in the rules (in fact, maybe it is a rule) that as soon as this isn’t fun, or makes you feel bad, or is competitive, then you should stop. Unfortunately, I am crazy competitive with myself and now that the wheels are in motion, I must achieve 12 errands and 30 miles.

30 miles is going to be easy. It’s day two and I’ve done 16.48 miles already. I’ve done three errands, so that’s going to be getting my attention for the rest of the week.

Morning Errand: Your rode in with WHAT? (Category), 4.8 miles one way. I strapped the Eiffel Tower my Dad and Liz gave me and brought it downtown to decorate my new office space. Oo la la!


Afternoon Errand: Store (that’s a category, too), 6.76 miles one way. Rode from downtown to Michael’s on my way home, to pick up a custom frame job. Funnily enough, the custom framed art is bicycle art Bronwyn made me.

Errandonee 2017: Run or Ride!


Spring has sprung and I’m going to rock and roll right into it, by participating (or, having best intentions to participate in) the Errandonnee 2017. What’s the Errandonee 2017? It’s a national challenge, maybe even international, to complete 12 errands in 12 days, and ride or run a total of 30 miles between March 20-31, 2017.

Started by Chasing Mailboxes in D.C., the rules of the Errandonee are simple:

  1. Complete 12 errands by bike or feet from March 20 through March 31, 2017.
  2. Keep track of your errands and miles. (I only need the cumulative number of miles you completed for the entire Errandonnee, NOT the distance per errand.)
  3. There is no minimum length for each errand, but you must complete at least 30 total miles of cycling or running over 12 days to successfully qualify for the Errandonnee. (You can go multi-modal. You can also combine running and riding, if you like. You can also walk! Just note the number of bicycling miles vs. running miles on your control card/submission.)
  4. Complete all 12 errands by the end of March and from at least 7 of the 9 categories. You can ride or run all 12 errands in one day, do one errand per day, or any other combination that works for you. Each category may be used a maximum of two times. For example, you may count a ride or runcommute to work a total of two times.
  5. Wild Card is any trip you make that does not fall into any of the categories listed on the control card.
  6. If you carry a baked good for the “You carried WHAT on your bike (or back)?!” please provide a before and after photo. For the run category, please briefly describe your main Errandonnee shoes and pack you use for carrying stuff around. If you ride, please provide a photo of your main Errandonnee bike.
  7. To evidence your errand, take one photo during your outing and submit at least one thing you learned or observed during your trip. Photos may be provided in the following ways:
    • The Errandonnee Facebook Group.
    • If you have a blog, you can post them there and send me the links.
    • You may also use a site like flickr and link me to your photos.
    • Instagram! Hashtag #errandonnee
    • Tweets! Hashtag #errandonnee
    • Finally, I will accept 12 photos via email if that works best for you.
  8. The Earth limitation on participation still applies. All participants must be from somewhere on Earth.
  9. If the Errandonnee stresses you out or offends you or makes you feel bad or sad or competitive, you should stop. This is supposed to be fun and if you are not having fun then please do not continue because that is not what the Errandonnee is all about.
  10. Deadline for all Errandonnee submissions is around midnight in your area, April 10 or so, 2017. Email me when you’ve finished, and tell me where you’ve posted your errands. I’ll verify them. Send all qualifying rides together.
  11. Everyone who successfully completes the Errandonnee is eligible for a prize, which is $5, or the costs to me to purchase and mail the item. To purchase your prize, you may PayPal me at the gmail address above, or send your money by snail mail like grandma used to do (email me for my address). International entries pay $6. Please include an address with your submission so that I may mail your Errandonnee treasure.

Aforementioned categories are:


  • Personal Care
  • Personal Business
  • You carried WHAT on your bike (or back)?!
  • Arts and Entertainment
  • Non-Store Errand
  • Social Call (includes restaurants, coffee, and other social activities)
  • Work or Volunteering
  • Store (includes bike shop, running store, grocery store, etc. You know, a store.)
  • Wild Card (surprise me!)


Day 1: 4.86 miles (1 way), ride to work. Follow along as I try to make 30 miles, 7 out of 9 categories, in 10 days!

Life on the Road: Our Home in Quartzsite, AZ

This is a part of a ‘series’ of posts, sharing pictures and stories from my parent’s cross-country RV adventure. Since November 2016, Mom and Bill have been living life on the road with their dog, Monty. They have no itinerary and no end-of-the-road, save for a summer in Alaska 2017. 

These might be my favorite photos of their journey so far – camping in the AZ desert, spread far and wide from any other campers.






The folks report it’s mostly warm and dry, but they did see cooler temps, high winds, and even some rain.

All photo credit: William Shook.