As you can see here, Tal and I went on a grocery run, to Dollar Tree and Mal Wart. This is probably the maximum amount I can carry with his 30+ pounds on the back. I had to put him on first, then load the groceries around him. I have a special bungie cord I carry along now to keep the front wheel straight while I load the front rack. This is the load. Those are 3 litre bottles, a little heavier than I am used-to. The bird seed will be mixed with scratch feed for the chickies.
It feels a little strange, pulling out onto Crawfordville Highway with a bicycle loaded to bear with groceries and my son, with huge pickup trucks and SUV’s all around us. We aren’t the only ones here that use alternative transportation means, but there certainly aren’t many. One elderly lady has an electric-powered three-wheel bicycle, and rides all over the county with it. That thing can book! I don’t think I could keep-up with her if I were to try. She appears to cruise along at about 20mph. I can attain 21mph, but with a good tailwind in third gear. I have seen one family walk to the store with their wagon and park it at the bike rack. Otherwise, it’s just the odd person on foot.
I know that attitudes are changing in this country about our fuel usage and folks are wising up to alternative transportation, but being in a small town in Northern Florida, it’s hard to tell by looking around. I know that auto and truck traffic on Crawfordville Highway hasn’t lessened any that I can see. People will tell us that it’s so good that we ride our bikes everywhere, but they don’t want to try it themselves. Since when did people get so lazy?