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Biking to Work
I rode my bike to work today again, finally! I don't do it often enough, because (1) I have trouble getting up in time to do anything but tear out of my house, and (2) I often have stuff to do during lunch or after work that a car makes more convenient.

Today I was actually still running late, but I decided to Just Do It anyway.

[Well, it was "today" when I wrote the above. Just got back from the bar, karaoke with SK and some coworkers, and now it's tomorrow.]

Anyway, I'm really glad I rode. It was a beautiful morning, and it was a cheerful ride. I was particularly pleased that none of the "isolated t-storms" predicted by weather.com came to pass this evening when I rode home.

I found a really good route this time. A note to my future self, or anybody else who would like to know how to ride from my house to my office:

Fourth past Campbell
R on Vermont
cross 11, 12
L on 13, R on Blair
R on Whitcomb
L on Vermont
pass 14, onto Wilson
L on Coolidge
cross Rochester
(R) Lincoln
cross Main
(L) Broadacre
R on Custer (or R on Washington, L Leroy, R Custer)
cross Maple
(L) Thunderbird
L on Oliver
R on Heide
through fence and apt complex
L on Kirts
R on Troy Center

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atdt1991 From: atdt1991 Date: September 8th, 2005 05:57 am (UTC) (Link)
Twas a rockin' time :)

note: this is my icon from chicago sushi bar karaoke!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: September 8th, 2005 12:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Cool icon! And yes, it was a fun evening.
encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: September 8th, 2005 09:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Do you have bike racks at your office building or do you have to take it into your cubicle?
renniekins From: renniekins Date: September 8th, 2005 12:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
I park it in the garage under our building, chained to a pipe. I don't feel like lugging it up 3 flights of stairs, and we have no rack -- but I like the idea that it's dry (if it rains) and not very noticible.
johnridley From: johnridley Date: September 8th, 2005 12:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay! Miles! It's always a better day when you put some miles under your wheels.
I'm pushing my luck with fall weather. Time to get a better rain jacket, I think. All I have is a cheap PVC slicker, which is no fun to ride in.
bjorng From: bjorng Date: September 8th, 2005 01:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Technically, I bike to work sometimes. In a good week, I do it every other day. I ride from my house, out of the neighborhood, a couple of miles away to the scenic "downtown", and then right back home. :) Once I've had my shower, I go into my bedroom/office nook and sit down at my desk.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: September 9th, 2005 03:32 am (UTC) (Link)
oooh, that sounds just lovely -- I'm jealous!
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: September 8th, 2005 02:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
What is it like riding on the main roads in rush hour?
From: (Anonymous) Date: September 8th, 2005 07:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's not very fun, and pretty nerve-wracking. That's why I used maps.google to find the above route, which is almost entirely side roads, and why I wrote it down because it worked so well.
fls From: fls Date: September 8th, 2005 03:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
How many miles is that?

I'm actually thinking that my next apartment/job need to be further apart, as my piddly 3 mile round trip is almost not even worth it.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: September 8th, 2005 07:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's 8 miles one-way. So a nice commute, but it's a commitment! Hard to get moving early enough in the morning to do it frequently.
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devnul From: devnul Date: September 20th, 2005 03:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Excellent! Keep on riding!
:)

I'm ashamed to say that I haven't ridden in a while; recent hikes have kept me occupied, as has a whole lot of angst (available for free in my journal, since I added you back).

The only drawback is that fall is upon us, and while the cooler weather is great for riding, the earlier darkness is not.

And now, having been up close to 18 hours, most of them spent at work today, I'm going to make one more post and then try to get some sleep...
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