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Old 06-02-06, 12:15 PM   #1
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Sharing my commute!

I just want to share a few pics of my commute. It was a lovely day, and everything is finally getting nice and green!

My 20-mile commute, while scenic, gets pretty darn boring after a while. It's mostly on the highway. The good part is I have only one stop sign and one set of lights to go through! I envy you folks who get to ride on bike trails and streets sometimes...




Huge beaver dam in the middle of the pic here:




More long highway stretches...


Here's a morning when I cheated and caught a ride into town with a friend, so I only had to ride home. But I had to get up to work from downtown on the bike - which is about a 15 minute ride.

This is a great, fun early morning cardio workout!

This is a great, well used set of stairs for cyclists. It's a shortcut up from downtown to the hwy, which bypasses the dreaded main road, "2-mile hill."

Check out the platform on the right for wheeling your bike up. Nice!


No, that fencing is not for a jail, just the airport.

Thanks for reading!
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Old 06-02-06, 12:21 PM   #2
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I'm jealous.
You would understand if I would ever post picts of my tour de sewer.
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Old 06-02-06, 12:23 PM   #3
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That is just an awesome commute. I'd love having to navigate that each day, you're lucky & thanks for sharing.
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Old 06-02-06, 12:35 PM   #4
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1+. Just beautiful.
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Old 06-02-06, 12:35 PM   #5
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That was awsome and I hate you!
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Old 06-02-06, 01:19 PM   #6
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Hey, you'd get bored of it day after day too. I guess the main thing is that there is very little variety - I can't take any other way in, and once I get closer to town, the traffic picks up. But the shoulders get wider too.

I miss having to dodge cars, sit at lights (and take a breather!), and riding real bike trails! Yes, I might be crazy, but I get sick of semi's zooming by at 120 km/hr. I should take pics of 2 semi's trying to pass me in opposite directions, while I bail off the road (since shoulders sometimes exist, sometimes not) onto the gravelly bits!! That's a regular thing. Why don't people SLOW down a bit and try not to pass while a vehicle is coming in the other direction when there is NO shoulder on the road!?!??! Esp. on the long, straight stretches!

Is there a PERFECT commute out there somewhere??!!
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gorgeous commute! Now if you could locate a single track that ran into town, that would be a nice diversion
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Spectacular!! Thanks for sharing
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looks beautiful! I can understand how it would get boring with no stops though...especially if it's the only way to go...at least with us city commuter types we can take a different strett once in a while...

Not to be a safety freak, but are you taking those pictures BEHIND you I hope? or are you a fearless? crazy? Wrong Way Cyclist?!?!
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Old 06-02-06, 08:56 PM   #10
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Awesome.

My camera got clogged with Suburbanites, cannot clean them off the lens.
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looks beautiful! I can understand how it would get boring with no stops though...especially if it's the only way to go...at least with us city commuter types we can take a different strett once in a while...

Not to be a safety freak, but are you taking those pictures BEHIND you I hope? or are you a fearless? crazy? Wrong Way Cyclist?!?!
Don't fret! I ride on the right side, and I am taking the photos behind me. I did take some on the other side, it's funny the ones I posted are all on the same side of the road. Thanks for the concern!
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Old 06-03-06, 01:57 AM   #12
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Is there a PERFECT commute out there somewhere??!!
Have you seen my pic journey? Not perfect, but not bad... I don't have magnificent mountain views like you, but I have the same year round, no snow, no brown winter jacket, just green, green and green.
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Very nice! Thanks for sharing the picks - I suspect if we aren't careful, they are going to throw us off the group... Cruel and unusually punishment.
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WOW, I wished I had a boring commute. All I get to look at is cars, cars and Tampa Bay.
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Have you seen my pic journey? Not perfect, but not bad... I don't have magnificent mountain views like you, but I have the same year round, no snow, no brown winter jacket, just green, green and green.
No, missed yours jur - I'll have to look for it. No snow! Wow. We have like great warm commuting weather for, oh, about 4 months...

CigTech - yeah, but at least you have the warmth! (ok, maybe too warm at times...)

crtreedude - I've read about your commute! Wild!!!
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Do you CARRY your bick up those stairs?
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Do you CARRY your bick up those stairs?
The post specifically mentions the platform for wheeling the bike up and down the stairs.
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I was so impressed by the thought of hauling a bike up a 30m staircase, I stopped reading!
That is a very considerate concession by the architect.
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No, missed yours jur - I'll have to look for it. No snow! Wow. We have like great warm commuting weather for, oh, about 4 months...
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I was so impressed by the thought of hauling a bike up a 30m staircase, I stopped reading!
That is a very considerate concession by the architect.
lol golgotha!! That would suck since some days my bike seems to weigh a ton!!!

It is a great invention eh? It was nice of the city to add that in - it's sort of a shortcut that avoids going up a really freakin' long, STEEP hill. This is steep, but quick!

Jur - great commute write-up!! I love the insane amount of detail!!
*steals idea and blogs about it*

But seriously - very cool and worth waiting on the sloooowwww dial-up for all the photos. I love seeing what other people go through while commuting their butts off!
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A truly beautiful commute. What more is there to say?
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