One man's attempt at opting out of the total car culture by walking, busing, and cycling in Omaha, Nebraska.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Bob Is A Good Friend
This morning I attached my grocery pannier to my rack so I could pick up some groceries on my ride out of downtown. This is yet one more way I can avoid a trip in a car.
While waiting for fellow afternoon "bikepool" rider, Jeff, I saw someone ride up to the market on a road style bike with a guitar strapped to his back and pulling a trailer with a cooler on it. He introduced himself as Henry, and we talked for a moment about the trailer and compared notes about carrying stuff.
I can carry about 50 pounds of stuff on my rack, assuming I could fit it all in panniers or bungee it to the rack. Henry said his "Bob" trailer can carry about 75 pounds of stuff on it, and shaped like a low, flat sled, has ample room for carrying large loads. Henry seemed to be using the cooler as a large waterproof trunk, holding lots of stuff inside. Presumably he could get a week's worth of groceries in there, as well.
So if you see Henry with his guitar and drawing a blue cooler behind him, be sure to give him a friendly wave. He is probably carrying more stuff in there than most motorists have in their cars.