A long-time friend and colleague and I have been chatting about my trips to the Post Office. She very kindly reminded me the USPS online Click N Ship service allows a person to create and pay for postage online, AND schedule pick-up of those packages. This saves a trip to the Post Office altogether!
I had to sheepishly admit that I knew this. In fact, I do use Click N Ship to create labels and pay for postage (this ranks right up there with sticky-back notes and sliced bread on my list of top inventions).
But, I *like* to ride my bike.
Barry and I have both been riding practically everywhere within a three-mile radius, and we're both feeling great for the good exercise. Only half-jokingly, we refer to riding bikes as our company health and wellness program!
Our neighborhood Post Office is less than a mile away and I can peddle most of the way through nice quiet residential streets.
Then, as I round the corner to Federal Way I am treated to a panoramic view of my fair city. At a glance, I can check out the progress being made on the new addition to Boise State's Bronco Stadium (yes, the one with the blue turf!). It's amazing how much construction follows a Fiesta Bowl Championship! Looking past the stadium I can see the dome of the Idaho state capitol building and the heart of downtown Boise, where ten stories is considered a skyscraper.
Glancing east, above the Treasure Valley I see Bogus Basin , our local ski/recreation area. At 7,582 ft in elevation, Shafer Butte and the surrounding mountains offer cool green relief from the summer heat of the Treasure Valley.
Down below, the Boise River winds it's way northwestward through the valley, watering the green corridor that helped Boise earn it's moniker, the "City of Trees".
So, I hope I didn't make it sound like hardship, this peddling to the Post Office. It's something I look forward to very much! I get in a little exercise, I have a chance to enjoy a pretty view and catch up on things in the neighborhood...
It's all good ~ Lynn
We've been a one-car duo for fifteen years now, but about five years ago we started riding bikes again. As gas prices have gone up, we've been pedaling even more.
These days, that's how just about all of our shipments start out, with a bike ride to the Post Office!
This last flurry of shipments of the new resin, "Rayne", inspired me to figure out a way to fit even more on "GG" the bike (short for "Grocery Getter"). As you may have gathered from the previous post about creating a quonset hut for studio photography, I have fun using materials at hand to get the job done.
Earlier in the year we picked up a couple of great big tote bags at the Idaho Green Expo. With the help of a portion of a shipping box, some cable ties and velcro straps, now there's a way to get those big bags strapped onto the back of the bike.
Capacity? Four to six moderate sized boxes per bag! Plus I can strap another tote up front for even more delivery power. Ten boxes went to the Post Office this morning!
O.k. so the cardboard is not going to hold up over time and I may not want to trust every precious shipment to velcro attachments. So, consider this a design prototype. I foresee an afternoon or two building a sturdier rig out of more lasting materials. Fun!