Saturday, January 24, 2015

Trunk Bag Grocery Shopping: It'll Fit

Trunk bag, about 90% full (top webbing still empty, though)

The trunk bag is one of my favorites: easy on, easy off, compact when empty, holds a lot when full, expands to hold more when you need, has a place on top for the helmet to ride when I'm carrying it around. Still, I've been tempted to use a larger bag for grocery shopping, in order to make sure it all fits. But, after a few outings to tune the shopping list, it all fits.

Contents: 3 lbs of plain Greek yogurt, 2 lbs of chicken, cans of smoked trout*, smoked sardines, and salmon, macadamia nuts, two large bars of Noir Amer dark chocolate, Chia seeds, Uncured Apple Smoked bacon, tool kit in box, tools in red tool bag, cell phone. Not shown: mini-pump, lights, rain jacket (all packed snugly).

It only took me three or four trips to get the system down smoothly. This outing on a warm Saturday afternoon went fast and smooth. Easy lock-up and unlock at the rack, easy shop, easy ride in the sunshine. Total round trip including prep and unpacking less than an hour, I think (blogging overhead, photography, musing, and stopping to smell citrus being picked not included).  And no circling the busy parking lot looking for a spot: bike parking right up front, no waiting.

What is this thing in the middle of the sidewalk? Why do they do that? Why do they paint around it?

*Post-ride blogging fueled by one can of smoked trout, and inspired by Carina Round singing on the DVD version of "What is...Puscifer"


  1. The bottom photo is a survey nail and tag. The paint makes it easier to see from a distance. Examples are at and just about any other survey supply place.

    1. Thanks Steve! Apparently "LS" stands for "Land Survey", and an "LS Number" is something issued to surveyors, perhaps for surveying right-of-ways. This nail, like wooden stakes with colored flags, predicts or portends some possible project to follow.


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