Biking Escapades

We are planning to leave Brunswick on Friday morning so we are trying to get Maverick ready to go.  I swear that we just moved her a couple of days ago, but somehow it seems we have tons of things to do to get her ready to sail…or motor.

Dan worked on the engine some more to try to figure out what is causing the smoke while I worked on bookkeeping in the morning. Then I did some meal planning and made a grocery shopping list.  I don’t know how it happened but I ended up with 3 pages of things we needed.  Seriously?!?!  Why does it always feel like we never had food?  Ummmm…obviously, we didn’t.

I rode my bike to the grocery store closest to us, which was about 1.5 miles away.  The area I went through was a little sketchy but I got there with no issues.  When I walked into the store, I am sure I looked a mess.  It was hot and I was sweaty and dirty. I also had a backpack on, which makes me feel a little weird.

I have gotten accused of stealing before when I didn’t and I don’t want a repeat of that situation.  I know that carrying a backpack into a store instantly makes you a suspect so does wearing weather inappropriate clothing…like bulky sweaters in the summer (which I do almost every day hahaha!).  I am always paranoid that someone is going to think I am stealing. I made sure I never touched my backpack the whole time I was in the store just to be on the safe side. 🙂

The grocery store was having some problems, so I don’t think they were too concerned with me.  Some of the displays that keep the meat cool weren’t working properly and they had a problem with a shipment. They were running around a little frazzled.

Since their systems were running properly, they didn’t have several things I needed. It was probably best because as I loaded up my bike basket and backpack, I was pretty full. I am not sure I could have fit much more.  I started biking to the boat and it was really hard which I assumed was due to the 50+ pounds of groceries I added.  I didn’t realize until I was a couple of blocks away that it was because I had a flat tire.

Now, you may think because I do a lot of biking that I would be prepared for this situation, but you would be wrong.  I don’t have a pump on my bike, nor do I have a patch kit or tube.  In fact, I haven’t fixed a flat since I was a like 13 years old and I don’t even remember how to do it.

As I was sitting there on the side of the road, with my groceries that needed to get into the fridge, I remembered something my Dad had told me.  You can get an Uber XL and your bike will fit in the back.  Don’t ask him how he knows that hahahaha!

I called Dan and stayed on the phone with him until the Uber got to me.  The driver was a really nice guy. He helped me put the bike in his SUV and even helped me bring my groceries to the boat when we to the marina.  He told me that he was just in the area on a whim that day and normally Brunswick only has one Uber XL driver.  That driver was 45 minutes away.  I felt very grateful for his help and for Uber.

I know some people don’t like Uber and are even afraid of it…but I have some really great experiences with it.

After we got all the groceries unpacked, Dan and I headed to the yacht club for happy hour.  There were more people at the happy hour than were there on Monday. There was even a couple who were younger than Dan and I!  Dan talked to them for a while, but I never got to meet them…which I am bummed about.

After hours of great conversations, we headed back to Maverick.  I can see why liveaboards love this marina.


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  1. Glad you were able to get an Uber! I had to be rescued by an Uber while biking last Saturday. Flat tires are the devil of biking!

    1. Author

      Ubers are greet for picking up stranded bikers 🙂

  2. I laughed out loud at you not being able to fix a bike tire. If that had been me, my first call would have been to you to figure out how to fix it!

    1. Author

      Haha! I am kind of embarrassed that I don’t know how to do it. I guess I am just lucky.

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