I've long commuted with my bicycle, but thus far I've always had the fortune of cycling along relativly calm roads, many with bike lanes. Now, here's the situation. I live about 5 miles from the grocery store. I've been wanting to cycle there to do my foodshopping for some time. However, I've yet to get up the gumption to take on the last half mile; a four lane, 45 mph road with on/off ramps for a major artery. There's no sidewalk and next to no shoulder. There are also places where the right hand lane becomes an inside lane when the ramp meets the road, which makes the shoulder dissapear. I'm worried I'd get caught between two cars, and that's NOT where I want to be. The second ramp has a stop sign after it and might be do-able, but the first is a merging lane where I've seen many cars almost get nailed.
To be blunt, I'm rather frightened to take this on. But it seems such a waste to drive there when the majority of the trip is a great bike ride. It's just that last bit that has me chewing my nails off. There's no way to get to the store without taking this road. Does anyone have any advice for dealing with this kind of thing? Or should I just stick to the car?