Errandonnee May 2015

Errandonnee: Complete 12 errands in 12 days and ride a total of 30 miles by bike between May 6-17, 2015.

Flower Patch

Let’s celebrate Bike Month! Don’t let that pesky to-do list keep you off your bike. Here’s a challenge that requires you to be creative and at the same time prove your claim to shop local. It’s the Errandonnee.

The Errandonnee event was originated and is annually crafted by Mary G of the blog Chasing Mailboxes. Mary credits her friend Eric P and his language laboratory for developing the name – a hybrid of “errands” and the French word “randonnee.” (Randonneurs have a lot of time on their hands to do things like create new words…)

You can read about my adventures with the official Errandonnee 2015 Winter Challenge back in March here for gearing up and here for my victorious completion.

Could carry a lot of stuff with this bike

I could carry a lot of stuff with this bike setup

This go around will be a bit harder for me since my folding bike just went into storage. That means any purchases have to go into a messenger bag on my back. (Or be really, really tiny.)



The Errandonnee May 2015 Challenge

Chasing Mailboxes has graciously agreed to lend out the challenge for a second running in 2015. Much of the info here is directly lifted quoted from Chasing Mailboxes with minor changes to direct administrative level questions here. Feel free to visit the original Errandonnee 2015 posts for letting Mary know how much joy she’s brought to your cycling life.



Below are the 9 Errandonnee categories (or controls) in order for you to plan and map your Errandonnee accordingly:

  1. Personal Care
  2. Personal Business
  3. You carried WHAT on your bike?! (Thanks to Rachel C. for this suggestion!)
  4. Arts and Entertainment
  5. Non-Store Errand
  6. Social Call (includes restaurants, coffee, and other social activities)
  7. Work or Volunteering
  8. Store (includes bike shop, grocery store, etc. You know, a store.)
  9. Wild Card (surprise me!)



Here are the rules slightly modified for this special Bike Month edition of the Errandonnee May 2015:

  • Complete 12 errands from Wednesday, May 6 through Sunday, May 17, 2015.
  • Complete the Errandonnee Control Card as you go (many thanks to @americancyclo for creating this!). You can save a copy of this control card for your use or make your own.
  • There is no minimum length for each errand, but you must complete at least 30 total miles of bike riding over 12 days to successfully qualify for the Errandonnee. That’s an average of 2.5 miles per errand.
  • Complete all 12 errands by the end of Sunday, May 17.
  • You can ride all 12 errands in one day, do one errand per day, or any other combination that works for you.
  • You must complete errands from at least 7 of the 9 categories represented on the Errandonnee Control Card.
  • Each category may be used a maximum of two times. For example, you may count a ride to work a total of two times.
  • The Wild Card errand is for any trip you make that does not fall into any of the categories listed on the control card.
  • If you carry a baked good for the “You carried WHAT on your bike?!” please provide a before and after photo.
  • Please provide a short description of your Errandonnee bike (or bikes!).
  • To evidence your errand, take one photo during your outing and submit at least one thing you learned or observed during your trip. Photos may be provided in the following ways:
    • If you have a blog, you can post them there and send me the links.
    • You may also use a site like flickr or Picasa and link me to your photos.
    • You can send me the links to your Errandonnee tweets.
  • There are no geographic limitations on the Errandonnee. OK, one limitation. Earth. All participants must be from somewhere on Earth.
  • If the Errandonnee stresses you out or offends you or makes you feel bad or sad or competitive, you should stop. This is supposed to be fun and if you are not having fun then please do not continue because that is not what the Errandonnee is all about . That’s what family is for (KIDDING!).

I’ll be adding to the rules next week with a deadline and a more complete list of the various ways participants can submit their documentation.


Social Media Fun

  • Blog and link back to this post
  • Post your errands on the Errandonnee May 2015 group page
  • Tweet using #ErrandonneeMay2015
  • Instagram using #ErrandonneeMay2015


So, what do you think? Are you up for the challenge?