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Old 06-19-14, 05:30 PM   #401
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One thing I meant to mention about walking barefoot ... I find myself walking with most of my weight on the ball of my foot rather than the heel. It is less painful if you step on a sharp rock with the ball of your foot than if you step on it with your heel. And if you walk on the ball of your foot, there's less foot area touching the ground so it is easier to negotiate hot pavement or debris.
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Today I worked from home. It was bring a friend day at the nearby co-working space, so I biked there, and spent my day working from there. When it was time for lunch, I went to get food and do a couple of errands in another section of downtown. There is a free shuttle that connects the downtown areas, but it only runs every 15 minutes. But since I biked, it was easy enough to ride for 10 minutes to get to the other section of downtown.

Then I biked home, had dinner. I have a bit more work to do, and I wasn't quite ready to settle into my computer, so I did a fun ride to get some more air. I rode through downtown and made the loop around the lake, and then back home!

I forgot to mention, I saw the friendly neighborhood ice cream truck if you will. A local ice cream company that makes hand-crafted ice cream and delivers via cargo bike! She was headed to my neighborhood, too bad not to my house!

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Shopping day for me:

1st stop, Honda Tofu factory


2nd stop, fresh eggs straight from the hen:


then in the afternoon, Tamura's grocery store

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2 km stroll at lunch today ... to the library and looking in various shops for hats, gloves, and candy thermometers.
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Walk report coming shortly, but figured I'd share the fact that I had to do the Electric Slide to keep from getting hit by somebody in a white Buick that was backing out of a spot at McD's. I didn't stick around for the silence or the splutter, merely kept going.
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Okay, here's that walking report: 2.24 miles in 46:31, avg 2.9 mph and 348 kcal. This includes a slight detour into Warehouse Market on the way home, so the speed is down accordingly.

I used Endomondo to track today. Not sure I like the UI (could use a bit more contrasting colors), but the altimeter function seems to be the most precise of all of the ones I've used so far.
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We went to the Salamanca Market today.

We did drive part of the way to get a bit closer, but then we parked and walked from there ... along the waterfront, from one end of the market to the other and back again (it's a big market), and on the way back we stopped and checked out some cruises we might like to do one weekend soon. All up 3 km.


And then we went off and looked at houses in the suburbs.
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Grocery shopping day! When I haven't done the mountain bike + trailer in a while, it feels like driving an SUV.
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We walked to a museum and a coffee shop today, plus a walk just for fun around the neighborhood.
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More information on walking barefoot - for those interested:
https://nwfoot-prod.s3.amazonaws.com...es_spreads.pdf

Also, for some "barefoot" style shoes:
Ultra-Minimalist Lifestyle Footwear | Lems™ Shoes

So today, me and the big dog barefooted it 6 miles to breakfast. I'm building up for a week on the Appalachian Trail in August - yes barefoot.
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I rode to the airport (again - I'm addicted now.) My favorite bike riding TSA agent wasn't working, so sadly, no bike chat.

The challenge this time was that I needed to bring a bunch of books and papers as well as clothes etc. for a week. I repurposed a medium size plastic mailer to work like a compression sack, and got everything stuffed into a messenger bag. Good times!
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I rode to the airport (again - I'm addicted now.) My favorite bike riding TSA agent wasn't working, so sadly, no bike chat.

The challenge this time was that I needed to bring a bunch of books and papers as well as clothes etc. for a week. I repurposed a medium size plastic mailer to work like a compression sack, and got everything stuffed into a messenger bag. Good times!
It seems like a tablet, or even a smart phone, would be more compact than the books and papers.
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I road with the dog in the trike today. 25 miles. loaded it is a little over 100 lbs.
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I pedaled on a solo ride today 45 miles RT for a cup of coffee on a beautiful day.
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Today I met someone for coffee downtown. I had some time to kill, so I decided to figure out where I should extend my prospective neighborhood map. I've been priced out of everywhere on my list, so I need to find a new option. The next best section that hits my hot buttons is around 1 mike from downtown in a more transitional area, so I thought it would,d be good to figure out where the "line" is.

On the way I discovers a fabric store was closing, and I have a craft project: a skirt garter to wear in my bike, so I stopped to look for fabric, and picked up. Few yards. I did a quick ride by of the potential neighborhood, the headed to the sports bar to watch the World Cup.

After the the game a friend and I went to another bar for a bite, and I headed home, taking a new route. It was chilly and I decided to take the hill I have been avoiding. I figured that taking that hill would warm me up. Turns out it wasn't so bad most of the way. I walked the last 2 blocks home to skip the steepest part. But one day I'll try that soon. This route is more direct and was surprisingly fast. The flatter detour has lots of traffic lights whereas this route has few.
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Today I met someone for coffee downtown. I had some time to kill, so I decided to figure out where I should extend my prospective neighborhood map. I've been priced out of everywhere on my list, so I need to find a new option. The next best section that hits my hot buttons is around 1 mike from downtown in a more transitional area, so I thought it would,d be good to figure out where the "line" is.

On the way I discovers a fabric store was closing, and I have a craft project: a skirt garter to wear in my bike, so I stopped to look for fabric, and picked up. Few yards. I did a quick ride by of the potential neighborhood, the headed to the sports bar to watch the World Cup.

After the the game a friend and I went to another bar for a bite, and I headed home, taking a new route. It was chilly and I decided to take the hill I have been avoiding. I figured that taking that hill would warm me up. Turns out it wasn't so bad most of the way. I walked the last 2 blocks home to skip the steepest part. But one day I'll try that soon. This route is more direct and was surprisingly fast. The flatter detour has lots of traffic lights whereas this route has few.
Are you looking for a new place to live too?
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2manybikes ... does Bailey sit nicely for you?
He would jump out to see another dog, person, cat, bird, etc. He is wearing a harness originally designed to fasten him to a car seat belt, to hold him in a crash. It's quite strong. In the middle of the bottom of the basket, fastened to the basket floor there is a metal loop with a swivel (he can turn around with the swivel). There is a screw closed caribiner on his harness under his belly, that gets fastened to the loop. It has to be low and in the middle to keep him from jumping out. He hikes out to side like on a sailboat with hiking straps to see better. Years ago I forgot to fasten him in, he jumped out to see some friends.

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edit : 22 human miles x 7 = 154 dog miles.

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Are you looking for a new place to live too?
Sort of! I live in a great neighborhood now, but I want to buy a condo. My requirements list is really really short, but there isn't much inventory that matches. Basically I want to have frequent transit within 3 blocks, live within roughly 1-1.5 miles of the train station, and have in-unit washer and dryer. Sounds pretty short right? Unfortunately there isn't much newer construction in my city, and most of the older buildings that are condo don't have HOAs that allow washer/dryers in unit. It basically eliminates 75% the city. And these units are appreciated the fasted due to low supply, so 70% are way out of budget.
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Sort of! I live in a great neighborhood now, but I want to buy a condo. My requirements list is really really short, but there isn't much inventory that matches. Basically I want to have frequent transit within 3 blocks, live within roughly 1-1.5 miles of the train station, and have in-unit washer and dryer. Sounds pretty short right? Unfortunately there isn't much newer construction in my city, and most of the older buildings that are condo don't have HOAs that allow washer/dryers in unit. It basically eliminates 75% the city. And these units are appreciated the fasted due to low supply, so 70% are way out of budget.
I know how you feel.

We're looking for a place too (to rent). Ideally, I'd like to live within easy walking distance of my work, but the area I like, close to downtown, is way over our price range. So we look further afield, but the further out of the downtown we go, the more expensive and challenging the transit becomes. We looked at one place on the weekend which was quite nice, but they've only just recently got transit in that area and it is impractical for what we want.

And then within the place itself, one of our main requirements is storage. We've got a lot of bicycles, camping gear, watersport gear, and other sporting equipment which we need to put somewhere. Most Australian houses don't have basements, although a few Tasmanian ones do have something like a basement ... and not very many have garages. We'd like something with a garage or under-house storage, but like in your case, that eliminates about 75% of our options ... and most of the good possibilities are over our budget.

It's a complicated and frustrating business.
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I know how you feel.

We're looking for a place too (to rent). Ideally, I'd like to live within easy walking distance of my work, but the area I like, close to downtown, is way over our price range. So we look further afield, but the further out of the downtown we go, the more expensive and challenging the transit becomes. We looked at one place on the weekend which was quite nice, but they've only just recently got transit in that area and it is impractical for what we want.

And then within the place itself, one of our main requirements is storage. We've got a lot of bicycles, camping gear, watersport gear, and other sporting equipment which we need to put somewhere. Most Australian houses don't have basements, although a few Tasmanian ones do have something like a basement ... and not very many have garages. We'd like something with a garage or under-house storage, but like in your case, that eliminates about 75% of our options ... and most of the good possibilities are over our budget.

It's a complicated and frustrating business.
Completely! Unfotunately during the "downturn" in home prices, I had just started a new job, and changed just recently. So I missed all of the cheaper prices, that would have been more in budget. I just saw a listing for a place in a sketchy area, that basically doubled in the last 3-ish years. My sister's friend bought there, and I am sure she has appreciated 50% at least. The neighborhood hasn't totally turned but it is pretty close. Give it a year and it will be all cleaned up. A new fancy beer garden and nice jamican place opened up across the street. I was hoping the prices would stay low in that building longer....transitional block....but it looks like no.
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It seems like a tablet, or even a smart phone, would be more compact than the books and papers.
That would be too easy The workshop I'm attending involves reading things in my favorite dead language, and it's much easier for us to work with physical copies of texts and handouts. (That, and the texts don't come in electronic form.)

I did manage to find electronic copies of some other resources - 10 books or so - and brought them on a tablet with a keyboard. The tablet saved a lot of space, but I miss my laptop, since I can't type my favorite dead language without a special program.
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It was chilly and I decided to take the hill I have been avoiding. I figured that taking that hill would warm me up. Turns out it wasn't so bad most of the way. I walked the last 2 blocks home to skip the steepest part. But one day I'll try that soon. This route is more direct and was surprisingly fast. The flatter detour has lots of traffic lights whereas this route has few.
IMO, half of getting up a hill is psychological. There's no shame in walking - you'll conquer that hill soon!
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IMO, half of getting up a hill is psychological. There's no shame in walking - you'll conquer that hill soon!

I'd recommend trying as much as you can on the bike. Funny how, after each attempt, the hill seems easier...
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One thing I meant to mention about walking barefoot ...
Best barefoot walking tip I have is to walk on the paint stripes when crossing the road. Paint is much cooler than asphalt.
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I'd recommend trying as much as you can on the bike. Funny how, after each attempt, the hill seems easier...
That's because you wear the hill down a bit every time you ride over it.

I think you're right. Each day try to get a few feet further uphill before you get off and push. Work on your technique--cadence, gearing, posture, breathing--as well as physical and mental conditioning. That worked for me on the hills that I've encountered.
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