Today I rode my whole commute from my doorstep to the lab for the first time! This was also my first time riding on the roads at all, up till now I'd only used the MUP or my neighborhood.
I went the long way around so it was 14.5 miles but I mostly avoided a road I was pretty sure I would get squished on. For the 500 yards or so I had to be on that road a big ol' semi pulled alongside close enough I could have breathed a steam spot on it. I think I made the right call! (I did end up getting a ride halfway back home because I don't think I"m ready to ride the roads with angry rush hour traffic. Maybe next week?
Thanks everyone who told me to just go out and do it... It really wasn't as bad as I thought it might be. It was kinda like going through a haunted house... I was afraid, and moving as quickly as I could, but there was no real danger. (for the most part)
I'm telling all of YOU because no one here gets why I even wanted to do this. Cheers!