Well after several stalled attempts to do a dry run before starting commuting on the bike a couple times I just broke down and did it today. My bike is parked in front of my desk and my gear is draped behind me to air out. It was 13.8 miles and 1900 feet of elevation loss over 45 minutes (19 mph). It along a 2 lane state highway most of the way, a short distance on a bike path and than a mile or so of city streets to get there. I took the shortest route as i got a late start. It was a tad cold, 33 degrees, with snow flurries in the air when i left my house and a whopping 40 degrees at the office when I got there. Any guess what the wind chill was for 41 mph and 33 degrees?
I haven't felt this invigorated at the start of the work day in a very long day.
My ride home will be up the Allegheny Highlands trail and then a few blocks to the house. That should be more like 16 miles but we'll see how that part goes. Weather and schedule permitting, I'll do this again on Friday. The plan is 2-3 days a week depending on weather and schedule needs.