Monday, May 30, 2016
Talk about a win-win situation: I chop the hemline of a dress or long tunic so that I can wear it, paired with pants or leggings, while I ride on my bicycle. This saves garments that, while loved, might otherwise never be worn because they weren’t biking-compatible. Here, leftover fabric from recent alterations found purpose of their own when assembled into a “newsboy” hat. The crown, band and brim of the hat were assembled out of fabric from a sunflower-print dress, an embroidered long tunic and a long lace skirt. Shown with it are “cycle-hacked” garments that contributed its fabric.
I don’t mind in the least if we become known as those people who walk around town pulling a “little red wagon.” Sometimes hauling gear is inevitable — as in this instance of walking home with gardening supplies. The cloth-over-steel-frame wagon is lightweight and collapsible; it takes up next to no space when it’s being stored but when set up, it can carry up to 150 pounds. During this weekend alone, we brought donated books down to the Ashland public library and, on on the return trip, brought home a gardening pot. Who knows how many wagon sales we are responsible for; seems whenever we go out, someone who is on-foot like us, comments that (s)he needs one too.
Sunday, May 29, 2016
During a walk in downtown Ashland yesterday, we discovered “Ride and Roam,” a shop specializing in apparel for bicyclists, motorcyclists and outdoors. Owned by Adam and Marina Borowy, the store is celebrating its first weekend open at 72 N. Pioneer St. The business also accepts orders online at http://www.rideandroam.com/. As of our visit, in-store merchandise was still arriving and being stocked, but one item present was this “cycling fish” dress, created by Clockwork Gears. Jonathan and I look forward to return visits and wish this local business much success.
Saturday, May 21, 2016
Saturday service returns July 9, 2016 aboard Rogue Valley Transportation District buses. Unofficial results for the May 17 election in Jackson County, Ore. show 61.44 percent in favor of a levy to support RVTD. Speaking as someone who commutes full time by either walking, bicycle or bus, I look forward to being able once again to ride the bus on Saturdays between Ashland and Medford. It’s certainly proven doable to hop on our bicycles to make this round-trip, and the ride is especially enjoyable along the Bear Creek Greenway. But to make what essentially becomes a several-hours’ trip, we have to budget effort and time. It will be nice to have the option again of being able to travel by bus, with or without our bicycles.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
|Photo courtesy of Troy University Libraries|
Also posted to Cynthia Parkhill: Library Assistant, Volunteer and Advocate
Saturday, May 7, 2016
Tossing assorted belongings into the trunk of a car is not an option for us, so we have to think about storing and transporting what we need for the day.
Here are Jonathan and me wearing “RFID Travel Vests for Men,” manufactured by SCOTTeVEST. We purchased our vests from Travel Essentials, a travel store in downtown Ashland.
Friday, May 6, 2016
|Photo by rickie22 on Flickr. Reused under terms of Creative Commons|
Sunday, May 1, 2016
In the case of clothing that will NEVER work, I have to simply start over.
A cargo skirt from an online retailer fell into the NEVER-work category. The skirt was great! It had plenty of pockets, which were definite pluses to a person who does not want to be encumbered by carrying a bag. But the skirt also offered too little room to move in, for me to safely ride my bicycle.
If it was simply a matter of length, I could have worked with the skirt by wearing it with leggings or such. But being difficult to move in, sealed the skirt’s fate.
I sent the skirt back to the online retailer and opted instead for shorts that came with all the same wonderful features: My favorite color! Plenty of pockets! But in contrast to the skirt, the shorts provide an advantage of being easy to move in on a bicycle. And that makes all the difference.