The camera was transmitting to a video camera and receiver stashed in the pannier of a bicycle locked to a lamppost nearby.
Large heavy items were either carried on primitive carts or dragged on sledges, and loose bulk materials were carried in panniers on horses.
They sounded idyllic and I began to break one of the golden rules of donkey-driving - never feel sorry for the donkey - as I watched Anatole, the brave little trooper, struggling between his 40-pound panniers .
Under direction, I tied the wet end to Anatole's saddle, having removed the panniers .
Periodically there might be a single rider coming into town with panniers on his llama, but that was about the extent of the traffic.
In Hong Kong in 1994, I dumped my backpack for a bike and panniers .
Each secondary school is leasing two new bicycles, fully kitted out with lighting and panniers strong enough to carry schoolbooks, from Cycle Heaven in York.
The bikers are trained both as ambulance paramedics and professional motorcyclists and carry enough equipment in their panniers , from oxygen cylinders to defibrillators, to cover almost every eventuality.
Early on the Sunday we parked Tim's car on the northern bank of the river, got out our mountain bikes, panniers and backpacks and we were off.
The factory workers, the cops, the carpenters, the plumbers, they all wheeled to work, tools protruding from voluminous canvas panniers .