I decided that I was going to give commuting to work a try in the next month. So I started driving back and fourth to work, following the planned route.
I noticed that one section of my proposed route brought me to a severely crowded intersection. I also noticed that people who turned onto the same street I would be on drove like crazy people. Yeah, I decided right then and there that I was going to change my route.
I am glad I decided to drive it several days in a row, just to be safe. This morning was just crazy.
So since I found out that the route was not a good one, I started looking for alternatives. I found a road that runs parallel, but is only just another mile down the road. Interestingly enough, by changing to that less congested road I shed 1.5 miles off my commute!
So now I am even more eager to get out on the bike. I just need to figure out my pannier organization first and make sure I have enough room for everything.