I know this has nothing to do with woodworking, but I really just had to share!
Today started out with rain, and more rain, I was really thinking I would not get a ride in, then around 3 PM it cleared up, and I could do my deliveries by bike, yeah!
In the end, there were few deliveries, so almost no miles, then, I got a call from our once a month customer that lives quite far, and between him and us is a very steep hill valley of sorts, if you can have a valley in a city
This is one customer that I was still using the scooter for doing the delivery, as he also orders ten 1.8 liter glass bottles of sake, that is a total of 32 Kg/70lbs.
Eight weeks ago when I started this, I was thinking that "Someday" when I get in a lot better shape and drop a bunch of weight, I'll do this delivery on the bicycle too, but I really thought that was a long way off, well, I'm happy to say, I was wrong!
Today, was " Someday"
Here is the bike and trailer ready for the long haul.
The trailer weighs another 20 Kg or so, it was lighter, but then I changed the wheels to ones with brakes and added some other stuff, even the bigger tires and foam mat in the bottom add weight, so really I was dragging about 55Kg/120 lbs behind me...............
what am I nuts
The trip was 5.6 Km/3.5 miles one way, so a total of just over 11 Km/7 miles, I averaged 14.9 Km/h or 9.25 mph, I'm pleased with that to say the least. There is one killer hill on the way there, up, up and up, I clocked it, almost a kilometer long, or almost 1100 yards, it starts out fairly mild and then builds to the upper part is just killer, I really did think that I would have to stop and get off and push, but all I can say is "Thank GOD for my granny gear!"
By the time I got to the top, I have to admit, I was looking on the ground to see if I'd coughed up a lung, but I made it!! Whoo Whoo!!
This seemed like a very far away goal a short time ago, but I can say that my fitness has improved a lot in the last eight weeks, as well as dropping the 29 pounds.
Personal milestone met and passed!
Not bad for a fat guy on an old mountain bike I figure!
Pinch me, I'm living a dream