… or should I call it Truck folly?
February 2009: I have a long laundry list of preparations for the upcoming purchase of our house and the planned remodeling. On that list is the purchase of a pickup truck so that I can haul materials around.
Great idea, except that most times I am just driving the 1 mile from our current rental place to the house and back, hauling next to nothing.
- There is myself (around 215 lbs),
- the dog (around 75 lbs),
- a tool box (around 100 lbs),
- a tool bucket (around 40 lbs),
- the document and lunch bag (around 10 lbs) and
- the camera bag (also around 10 lbs).
All together, we are talking about 450 lbs that get hauled around with a 5500 lbs truck. Even better, 290 lbs of the 450 lbs (i.e. myself and the dog) wouldn’t even need the truck. We could use our 6 legs and walk!
That leaves me with only 160 lbs of equipment that need hauling most days. Using the 5500 lbs truck for this job suddenly seems grotesque.
Solution: we talked to our bicycle friends at the HUB. Sam pulled a very sturdy bicycle trailer out of the basement, I mounted a hitch to the back of my bike, and the dog and I get our exercise twice a day, riding to the house and back.
This mode of transportation reduces my carbon footprint, saves money on gas – and it’s fun riding around and making heads turn!