Today, an odd thing happened.
I have been car-light for some time, and put in about 10 bicycle-kilometres for every 1 car-kilometre. I've also been talking about going car-free, but haven't yet rid myself of the beast. My usual journeys are about 30km round-trip to work, and 60km round-trip to my girlfriend's house. (That's 20 miles, and 40 miles if you need the conversion.) Thinking about going car-free and liking the idea is one thing, but actually doing it is another...
Which brings me to today.
My girlfriend and I were in her car today, and smoke started belching out of the steering column. It was unnerving to say the least (I don't think that would ever happen on a bike!), and looks like the repair bill will be hefty. We were just around the corner from my place, so we came back here and swapped cars over. I gladly handed over my keys. She has now got the car until she can sort hers out.
So now, fate has made me car-free! I am left with my 3 favourite means of transport (my road bike, hybrid bike, and beater bike), as well as the option to catch the bus or train. As a last resort I can always ask for my car back, but I like to think of this as an opportunity to live without it.
So that's about it. This is unchartered territory for me, and I'm hoping it all goes well. Fingers crossed!