It occurred to me last night as I was finishing my last post that a three-hour round trip for groceries is nothing new for many poor city dwellers. What’s worse, they have to ride subways and buses in order to do so. I’m not fond of riding buses in the first place, so it’s even harder for me to imagine hauling all those groceries home that way. Nevertheless, I realize how fortunate I am to even have the choice of how to get to which grocery store I’m going to visit.
I have willingly done the “long haul” shopping with bike and trailer, and will likely do so again. As fuel prices increase and our lifestyles become less inherently active, I think it’s important to incorporate physical activity and low-impact transportation into how we do things. Sometimes, we just have to work harder at it-and forgive ourselves when we fall short.