My first commute: good route makes a world of diff.
This morning I had my route on about 3 miles of 50 mph + traffic. I was on the shoulder of the road. And it, frankly, freaked me the freak out everytime a car/semi would pass by me.
I almost had an anxiety attack. Like another guy wrote recently about his commute on a fast highway ... I totally felt him on that because it was a miserable experience.
But, thanks to the advice in this forum, I reworked my route and it has made a world of difference!
It added on about an extra 0.6 miles (from 6.2 to 6.8 miles) but now I'm driving near a national government park. I have a mile where Im riding specifically on a bike lane. Most of the other roads I drive on are low traffic, 30/40 mph roads. Its just a completely different experience!
I still drive on the hell road for 0.2 miles. But much better than 3.0.
I thought car people were a--holes, but now I think they are wonderful because the roads Im on arent major thoroughfares.
I still have to cross a few busy roads. One of them I literally have to stand there to wait for the red light to stop people until they back up to where I am and then I make eye contact and cross and wait for the other lane to clear. .... I can tell thats gonna get old pretty quick.
Man, Im chatty.