Saturday, September 5, 2015

cruising into fall

Happy Labor Day weekend.  A holiday for the workin' man... and woman.  I guess after this, summer unofficially ends.  Got any plans?

Meego and I plan to do the American Discovery Trail Marathon again on Monday.  "Do" as in "WATER!... GATORADE!... WATER!... GATORADE!..."

Yes, I volunteered to work an aid station again, and I managed to get buy-in from Meego despite the early morning duty.  I had leverage - his want of a band jacket.

And with the start of September comes the start of bike month at the university.  "Bike Jam" was Thursday, and we were glad to learn that Pedal Perks will continue for another year, woot!  Bike month just throws in a few more events and incentives to hopefully get people to continue to commute for the rest of the year.

So, I was there towards the end of bike jam.  It was a nice day for it, and there were friendly booths scattered about.  Several of us went on a "campus cruise", probably to the annoyance of people trying to park and go to class.  Serves them right for driving on bike jam day.

Find Alice and Abby?
hint:  I'm in red, behind a woman in a chartreuse cape (?)

There were contests and raffles, but I didn't win anything.  One contest was a fix-a-flat contest.  I didn't enter, I hate fixing flats.  Even for prizes.

The wellness center gave out some little ice packs and these cute first aid kits.

I, for one, appreciate the "Sting and Bite Pad", y'know what I'm sayin'?

There was plenty of food too and other freebies, including this button that serves no other purpose than being a button.

I'm not much for backpack adornments, but the button is still there, now two days later.

So, a fun little diversion, and I met a few nice fellow commuters.

On the way home, I passed some maintenance crews cleaning up the trail.  Maybe prepping it for the marathon?  Or just for the Labor Day weekend in general?

I hope my blog friends have a nice end-of-summer weekend, and get to enjoy some fruits of the labors!  Doing anything fun??



  1. Happy Labor Day weekend to you too! I'll be laboring this weekend, but looking forward to a long weekend next weekend. Going to see Link! :)
    Good to hear Pedal Perks is continuing on! But can't hardly believe you didn't win prizes during your "campus cruise". You always win prizes! The Sting and Bite pads are a perk though!
    Have a great time "do"ing the marathon on Monday. And you talked Meego into getting up early on a holiday? Must be *some* band jacket!

    1. I had a feeling you'd be laboring, but YAY for next weekend!
      Nope, no bike jam prizes, but I did get a bike light for last month's pedal perks - it's for Meego when we go to the marathon in the dark!
      In truth, he would've got the band jacket anyway, but don't tell him.

  2. Love the way you make your kids work for things like band jackets by having them contribute meaningfully. I look back and think that I should have made my kids work harder for some of their stuff.

    That pin coordinates nicely with your back pack. I think you're obligated to keep it. :-)

    1. Our schools have programs that make volunteering mandatory, but we don't participate because it seems like an oxymoron. But I still think volunteering is worthwhile and try to set an example. Meego is usually up for a stint.

  3. Oh HELL. Now you really appreciate the sting and bite pack.

  4. I imagine the sting and bite pack came in handy now. Nice promotion to get everyone out of their cars but I am trying to imagine how well the bike with the humongous tires handles.

    1. Personally, I don't like those fat tire bikes. They're slowly gaining in popularity around here, but I think it's mostly from the novelty. There were some at bike jam for demo, but I didn't bother so can't speak of their handling.