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    Posted September 15, 2009 by
    Bellevue, Washington
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    What if you were car-free?

    Car free and liberated.


    I have been wanting to try this for a while and when I saw this challenge immediatly sent it to my wife.  We pulled it off and I realize that it is a lot easier to do than I had thought.  We got lucky and had a great weather day, mid 70's and sunny. Below is break down of what got accomplished.


    0630 My wife leaves for work.

    0900 I start the school run with the kids.  Drop my son at Elementary school and then have to high tail it for my daughters preschool.

    0940 head to Safeway for a quick trip to pick up some sale items.

    1040 back at home to offload the groceries.

    1120 head back to preschool to pick up my daughter.

    1240 we are back home.

    1500 we head to the elementary school to pick up my son.

    1530 we are done for the day.


    The routine for the day was pretty typical of our normal school schedule.  The ride time to my daughters preschool took about 15 minutes more than usual. Ride home longer because it is almost a mile climb back into our neighborhood.  Total mileage for the day was just over 22 miles with 1600 feet of elevation.


    I used my hardtail mountain bike with a double Burley trailer.  The trailer works well, however I do wish I had something like a Surly Big Dummy with the Xtra cycle add ons.  The trailer sticks out a little too much for city riding, the combination of bike and trailer is long and therefore parking it is a hassle.


    Thanks for the push and I look forward to challenging myself to do a week in the future.  At least for the moment I will try and do at least one day a week as car free.

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