So! For my own sake, I present some helpful tips on how to successfully haul a macaroni and cheese to a barbeque by bike. I recommend you try it because, well, you want people to like you, don't you?
First you will need to gather your tools. Here we have the usual suspects-
a free Filene's Basement reuseable tote- first for preserving your potato salad en route, this will come in handy when you decide you need to take yourself and your dirty pans into the Grace Tavern on the way home.
a light- because you know you and your posse are going to overstay your welcome.
But wait! That's not everything!
a bungee cord- for locking that shit down
some bangin' sunglasses-because hello! you are hauling a macaroni and cheese!! own your awesomeness.
Benefit Dr. Feelgood- honey, it's muggier than a swamp. Just bathe yourself in that biz before you leave.
Sassy Wedges- do you even have to ask why? come on! you are owning it!! (and they will also make liftoff at stoplights easier when you are hauling a zillion pounds of cheesy density)
Ok. Now you will need some food to haul.
Like one sexysexysexy macaroni and cheese. I topped mine with foil so it stayed warm.
Some light and glorious red potato salad with a barrier to keep potato salad lovin' critters out.
Here is the first most important part- make multiple trips. I took my bike downstairs while the mac was baking. Then I took down all my gear, then the mac. Again, we are trying to avoid disaster here.
Behold! Our secret weapon!! I tossed my pan into a roasting pan with handles. It fit perfectly on the rack between my saddle and the bag prop on the rack. The unsung hero of this whole experience, the bag prop kept everything secure when I forgot my bungee at the barbeque. The bungee was nice, but not having it was no big deal either.
Don't judge my missing skirt guard, ok? It went rogue on me a couple weeks ago and now there's just no getting that thing off of Fox News.
(because that's where rogues go, natch.)
As you see, the Old Dutch Treat is a natural macaroni and cheese (and potato salad!) hauling machine. It was a slow ride to the barbeque, but I was hailed as a hero so it was like, no big deal.
Here's to hauling many more beautiful sides this summer!