On the bike…A full tank of propane.
Comments…First of all I love the slogan that Yuba often uses, “What a bike can do.” And I love the comments and looks that I often get while carrying stuff on a bike (looks that say…I didn’t know you could do that). The above image is one I took on my way home from exchanging my empty tank for a full one (it’s getting hot out–89F/31C today–time to start using the outside kitchen). As I was pulling into the lot of the store with the empty tank on the back a guy in an SUV slowed, then came to a complete stop to look at the bike and me as I glided up to the front door. At first I thought he was angry by his look, but then his frown–behind the air conditioned glass of his vehicle–turned to a smile then a huge grin. He gave me two “thumbs up” and I could see his lips moving and he said “What the f#*k (I take it he was complimenting me). Then, after paying my bill in the store and meeting the manager outside near the propane cage to exchange the tank, the manager offered to carry the full tank to “my car.” Not wanting to explain things to him (sometimes it can get tiresome) I told him I didn’t mind carrying it. He then told me that he was supposed to, that it was store policy. Okay, I told him, my bicycle is parked over there. Blank stare. Then I had to explain the bike and said that it was big enough to carry this. As we walked and the bike came into view his eyes got big and he says, “Holy s#*t!” Again, I take this as a compliment.