The wind was strong. The will was stronger. Battling a heavy headwind going south, James Green (me) rode a south of Iowa City to Barnes Tree Farm and found a beautiful, symmetric tree, then carried it home. On a bicycle.
Already muddy from riding through wet and dirty streets and sidewalks to Mass and then across Iowa City to Mormon Trek Extension, Green and the bicycle--with stubs on the front and back where lights used to be but no longer are due to their materials failing and them falling off in 10 degree biking--rode into Barnes Tree farm early Sunday afternoon. There was a strong breeze from the south warning of the ensuing winter weather, but making the temperature much more pleasant than the previous few days.
After spending a while finding the right tree--and it was definitely right--he cut it and carried it to a waiting worker at the tree farm. The tree was wrapped and that's when things got real. How do you put a tree on a bicycle?
"You know, I think I can write 'The Idiot's Guide to Getting a Tree Home on a Bike.' after this," said Green. "I'm not sure the companion manual for non-idiots is relevant; they already know better than to try."
After a couple of failed attempts to get the tree secured to the rack on the back of the bicycle, Green gave up and just tied loops that he wrapped his arms through. A picture by a friend and another by one of the employees of the tree farm and he was off.
This time, the wind from the south was much more welcome. Even up hill, pedaling was barely needed courtesy of the big sail attached to his back. Several motorists honked. A mental health professional offered his services. Green got the tree to his living room where it stands as a proud testament of human foolishness and drive.