My work truck developed a serious vibration over the last couple of weeks, that seemed transmission related. The transmission shop my company uses is in Springfield. Friday afternoon, rather than have one of the guys that work for me shuttle me to the shop and back home, I decided to grab my bike and just ride home. It was great. A 35 mile ride with a purpose. I'd never ridden on that side of town before and had to find my way through some neighborhoods (some a little suspect) and deal with a couple of railroad lines that led to several dead ends and a little backtracking. An attempted shortcut through a huge old cemetery had the same result, one way in and one way out only, so backtrack. But hey no big deal. I finally wound up on a marked bike route that took me most of the way across town. Rode with a 30 something roadie chick a good bit of the way through town who was on her way to work. Nice conversation, especially the part about her admitting to having to work to catch me, which she finally did at a light.
Made it out of town and onto familiar roads and then headed towards home. I'd not ridden cross town during rush hour before. It was not that bad at all, actually pretty enjoyable, especially after finding the bike route.
I got the word yesterday the truck was done and ready to pick up. Since I'd enjoyed riding to home from the shop so much, I decided to ride on into town this morning to pick it up. Son Chris was off today and he thought that sounded like fun too, so we both had a very nice early morning ride. While it was still cool. It's in the upper 90's now, it was in the 70's and low 80's most of the time we were on the bikes. Perfectly comfortable. Of course we were riding during rush hour again, this time in the morning. Lots of places we were making better time than the auto traffic.
Had to fix a flat again, the second one in the last four rides. I think I have actually worn out my back tire, it feels very thin and has a very noticable flat area on what used to be a round tire profile. I'm a little surprised, I would have thought a tire would last more than 1300, but I guess that is better than needing to replace them due to dry rot from lack of use.
Being able to just decide, hey, I think I'll ride my bike instead of making this into a production is a nice side benefit of this whole cycling thing. Plus it was a nice even if small adventure. A year ago, I'd have never considered this a viable option.