There were some downpours in my area, as a cold front tried to pass through, but it did not come far enough south to effect the temperature. Most of the rain and storms stayed off to my north. I was able to get out and test the Trek 950 and it’s load carrying abilities. I often like to use one pannier, and see how that loading affects stability. If that’s a problem, maybe there is something wrong with the bike, or how I’m using it. I went to the grocery store, and got about 15 pounds of groceries. That’s good practice for loaded riding, as well as pannier packing.
I had some beautiful weather, although on the warm and very humid side of that equation. But storms were not nearby enough to cause concern. Cyclists were few on the trail. I was able to stay on my trail all the way to the market. I only had to cross a couple of streets and the parking lot of the shopping center. Bike parking is right next to the door, and is very convenient. The shopping center was designed to be a trail destination as well as a shopping center for the subdivisions on the north side of town.
Returning home, I had some trouble with my panniers Those old relics need reconditioning anyway. A future post, right there. I cover about 8 miles going to the store, and it’s a good workout. I have to climb a hill most of the way out. My laden return is downhill. That’s a good arrangement. Outside of the pannier problem, all was well. The Trek was stable and capable. The next test will be with two panniers, and larger ones at that. The bike is properly geared for load carrying, and handles well to boot.