I love my Chaco sandals. I wear them every day. The last few weeks though I’ve been without them and my feet have been sad. Why? Well, after a year of wearing them while wading in the ocean at the beach, portaging my kayak through shallow rivers, hiking on rough terrain, bicycling, and just sitting around the office the soles started to separate from the footbed. I contacted Chaco and was told that it should be covered under warranty. I mailed them in and without charge they came back a week later with brand new Vibram soles, as good as new! I was surprised how deep the sole lugs were, I hadn’t realized how much I’d worn off.
I went for a ride during lunch on my old Schwinn World Tourist. I’ve had this bike for almost a decade now, but it’s seldom ridden because it’s neither fast nor efficient. Lately I’ve been leaving it at the office to ride at lunch during this beautiful weather that we’ve had lately — it’s great for those casual 7-10 MPH rides with no particular destination in mind. I ride 6 or 7 miles; down to the river, wander around a bit watching the birds and other wildlife while eating my lunch, then ride back to the office.
It turns out that this picture was almost much more interesting… just as I was about to push the shutter something huge jumped out of the water and splashed back down, but I missed it because I was watching through the small screen of my camera-phone. You can see the rings from the landing zone just in front of the front reflector of the bike just left of where the cables intersect the water.
I got home and left the headlight (35W halogen, metal housing) running for a while. When I reached across the front of the bike to get my stuff out of the front pannier on the other side I brushed across the light housing for just an instant! I felt a sharp searing pain that felt like I was being poked with something very sharp — instead I was being branded! OUCH!