I know I've been talking about starting commuting for al ong time, but I finally moved into my new place. I'm closer to work now, and commuting finally seems realistic. Here are my options:
First off, I have the option of either riding both ways, or driving to work, and riding home (I havea friend and a fiancee who both live right nearby and commute by car to my work [I work ata university]), so keep that in mind.
The first part of my ride is fixed. It's 11.5 miles long, and it takes me from my house in Davis along some lightly-travelled country roads, and then along a road with wide bike lanes, and finally I cross the river and then end up on the edge of downtown Sacramento.
From downtown, I have three options:
1) Ride along the American River Bike path to work. This is 8.75 miles, all on a dedicated bike path. I wouldn't see acar the whole way, I'd jsut ride through meadows and trees. This gives me a total travel distance of 20.25 miles.
2) Ride through downtown. I take J st, which is narrow, has no bike lanes, has cars parked on the street, and has plenty of automotive traffic. This route is 5.2 miles long, and stays on J st the entire way. Total travel distance is 16.7 miles.
3) When I get into downtown, jump on the cummuter train (which is free, because I have auniversity ID) and ride the train to school. There's a half-mile ride from the bridge to the train station, and then a 3/4 mile ride from my stop to the university. Total travel distance is 12.75 miles, plus a 20 minute train ride.
Which option do you think you would start with? I have to get to work around 7:00, and I'd like to wake up as late as possible (I prefer not to get up until the sun is rising or later).
I know it's a fairly long commute, and I know the distance isn't a problem. I go on longer mountain biking trips all the time, and I ride my street bike 20 miles at a time on the road for fun. My biggest problem is going to be the psychological problem of waking up in the morning and thinking "If I take the car, I can sleep an extra 30 minutes". This was part of the reason I Was thinking of riding only one way. I could sleep in, take the car to work, and then ride home at my leisure.
I appreciate any input