This started as a loaded conditioning ride to IHOP and turned into a shopping trip. Sure is nice to have the panniers. President Obama needs to learn about these – they could help solve our Middle East oil-related problems (as well as domestic health problems, traffic problems, pollution problems, …)
IHOP: Breakfast with Jesse and Gary
REI: Bought a touring jersey and a fluffier camp pillow, using a 20% off sale plus credit from last year’s rebate.
Landis Cyclery: Bought a new cyclometer for the Surly (the wires pulled out of the last one). Also, Vanessa suggested I try some Specialized Footbed shoe inserts (the blue ones) to possibly help with my iff-y knees. She taught me two cool new words, too: varus and valgus. Anyway, I tried the inserts on the way home and they really work – seeming to stabilize the knee into a more repetitive motion that has less rotation in it. It’s one of those products that, as soon as I tried them, I thought, “Wow, these do help!”
Ace Hardware: Bought some metal fasteners and silicone glue for attaching some patches to my panniers, and a small pair of needle nose pliers to take on tour.
Fry’s: Two half gallons of orange sherbet. Gotta love having panniers!
About 51 miles on a beautiful 80°F day.