A Whole New World of Cycling Excitement
I’ve been waiting for this day since May 28, which is when I placed an order for a new bicycle-related toy. (And NO, it wasn’t the Surly Ogre I’ve been talking about buying since last October but still haven’t actually done so.) Anyway, upon placing the order I was disappointed to learn my item was on a thirty-day backorder. But I resolved to be patient. “After all,” I said to myself, “it’s ONLY a month, right?”
“Right,” I replied.
“And who knows,” I continued, “since I’m a highly valued customer, maybe REI will expedite the order and ship it earlier.”
I thought about what I had said to myself and added, “True, I’m sure they’ll take into consideration all of the excessive spending I’ve done with them over the years.”
I was right. My imaginary status as an “REI Super Customer” paid off. My new bike contraption arrived a full day early. YES!!!!!
I quickly assembled the object that I’ve so carefully been keeping a secret so far, and I could not wait to test it out. It is now time to reveal the identity of the new toy by way of today’s Before & After pictures. Check it out:
I have never towed a trailer behind any bike before so I didn’t know what to expect, but it was surprisingly easy. When I’ve seen bike tourists pulling their gear behind them, I always think, “Dude, you should get some panniers.” After today’s ride with Diggity, however, I think I get it.
That doesn’t mean I’m going to switch to a trailer for my touring, but who knows? I’m already thinking about possibly taking Diggity on a 2-3 day bike tour using a combination of panniers and trailer. I already knew he likes camping and now, after our first trip, I know he likes bike riding. A whole new world of exciting biking possibilities are opening up to me.
For example, the trailer will allow me to make larger purchases when I go to the grocery store. Instead of putting a day’s worth of food into a pannier, I think I can get a week’s worth of food into a pannier and the trailer. I’m sure more possibilities will come to me in the next few weeks.
I’ll finish this exciting day with a few pictures and a video from our ride.