Bike expo and pawpaws

We spent Sunday morning on top of a parking garage at the Mississippi Valley Bicycle Expo and Swap Meet helping at the CyclingSavvy info table.

What’s the best way to get to a bicycle expo?  By bike, of course!

Our route took us past the theoretical pawpaw spot.  We rode slowly, with our eyes peeled, until Matthew said, “That’s a pawpaw tree.”

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I never would have found this on my own, as I don’t think the tree is particularly “tropical looking,” and it wasn’t in the spot marked on either of the foraging maps.

Whether it was birds, humans, or just a low-fruit year, there were not many pawpaws to be found.  A few ripe dropped fruits on the ground, and a couple more unripe that Matthew grabbed from a tree — not sure if they’ll ripen or not.

Despite the low harvest, it was a successful mission in my book.  We now know the exact location for future years AND there were some fully-loaded persimmon trees with fruit that should be ready before too long!

After our little detour, we proceeded to the expo.

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CyclingSavvy’s littlest fan needs a t-shirt of his own!

We bungeed Sir’s BalanceBike to Matthew’s rear rack, and Gabriel enjoyed riding it around the expo.  Sir needs an advertising contract with the bike company.

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We also added one more [small] bike to our fleet, picking up a used tricycle for Sir.  Our cargo capacity was already maxed out, so the trike is awaiting pick-up at a friend’s house.

Want to find out what it’s all about?  There are still a few spots open in this week’s CyclingSavvy workshop: course details and registration.

*Bike expo photos courtesy of our friend and fellow CyclingSavvy instructor, Karen.
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6 Responses to Bike expo and pawpaws

  1. Fantastic! I desperately wanted to stop by the swap yesterday, but my busy Sunday would not cooperate. Great weather, and you made some excellent scores! I’m sure Sir will love a trike – I loved mine when I was small. I did get to ride my bike to church yesterday and I installed new folding baskets this weekend, so yay for that at least.

    I am still hoping to make it to a cycling savvy course, but Thursdays are out for me for a while as I’ve got rehearsal those evenings.

    • Melissa @ HerGreenLife says:

      Bummer on Thursday nights being out — both the September and October classroom sessions are on Thursday nights. It looks like we have a classroom only session on Wednesday, November 6th though. Downside is you will probably have to wait until spring to take the on-bike portions at that point, but that classroom session is a great starting point!

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  3. Rebecca, we’re offering the classroom session of CyclingSavvy on Wednesday evening, November 6, at the Healing Center in Clayton. Hope you can join us! http://cyclingsavvy.org/2013/09/healing-center-st-louis-to-host-november-session/

  4. Thanks, Karen!! I have put it on my calendar. I very much expect to attend.

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