As some know, I just recently started incorporating my bike into part of my commute for a variety of reasons, including stretching the household dollar since my wife lost her job. Good news is that she starts a new job on Monday. Bad news is that she will be required to put in massive overtime- 12 hrs a day M-F, plus another 8-10 on Sat= 68 to 70 hours per week on the clock.
Ideally, we'd still car-pool and I'd ride my bike from her new employer to mine, since her start time isn't that much earlier than when I could start. And I'd have more than ample time to make it back to her after work for the carpool home. Or I could continue with what I'm currently doing and beat her home by roughly an hour.
Thing is, our built-in babysitter (wife's first born) goes off to college next month. Which leaves the other three children unsupervised. Though I think that they would be okay, the wife doesn't quite trust the 14 yr old to be in charge over her siblings (9 and 6).
This just sucks. I'm actually rather enjoying cranking out 10+miles in triple digit heat. Tired and sweaty, but somehow more at peace with my self. I kinda dig the "you rode how far?" and "don't tell me you're going to ride in the rain, are you?" comments. And a couple of the ladies broke out singing "Legs" by ZZ Top when they saw me in my (non-spandex) cycling shorts for the first time.