TJs’ run

One of my favorite things about our neighborhood is that it’s ideally set up for the Clif Bar 2 Mile Challenge. There’s a grocery, a green grocer and a TJ’s all within two miles of the house. The green grocer (Dogwoods) we’ve ridden to a couple of times for the produce run. Pavilions we walk to whenever we’re only picking up a couple of things. The TJ’s, on the other hand, has always seemed a bit ambitious to us. Our usual run there is food for the week, which we just don’t have the gear to get home on the bike. Today, however, we’re going to a Chardonnay tasting, and that’s definitely within the realm of what we can fit in the rack bag:

Perhaps the best part of biking to the store is that it feels more like a fun outing that it does an errand. It’s nice to know that TJ’s is within easy bike distance for small runs.

By way of brief product review, we use a pair of TransIt grocery bag panniers for the Dogwoods run:

They can hold our produce for the whole week and come with shoulder straps to make shopping with them easy. We even took them on a bike camp out with Fletcher’s scout troop, on which they very capably carried our sleeping bags and tent. Recommended.

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4 responses to “TJs’ run”

  1. Stephanie
    June 16, 2008 at 10:18 am |

    Now all we’ve got to figure out is how to get to Santa Fe MS with the kid. It’s right on the cusp of 2 miles, and I feel like a heel driving to the gym afterwards. He’s strong enough to get there, but I worry about mental alertness in morning traffic. Thoughts?

  2. cp
    June 16, 2008 at 10:39 am |

    Perhaps if one of us rode down there with him? I’d certainly be willing to give it a go….

  3. Pat
    June 16, 2008 at 3:26 pm |

    I rode my bike to school and back from 3rd to 8th grade. It was about a mile, two very busy streets. They did have bike lanes.

    I managed to wipe out spectacularly a couple of times, but never dangerously. We adults sometimes forget how competent younglings actually are… The Kid will undoubtedly be fine.

  4. cp
    June 16, 2008 at 4:45 pm |

    I’d be fine with it if he rode more, but he just doesn’t. For example, the trip we took the other weekend — maybe 14 miles round trip — at least tripled the total distance he’s ridden in his entire life. That’s a tiny fraction of the bike riding experience I had at his age, and my commute to school didn’t involve Huntington or Myrtle or Duarte, none of which are exactly bike-friendly.

    That said: yeah, do it with him a few times and he’ll almost certainly be fine to do it on his own afterwards.

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