Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Down South,way down south
Bikes: Raleigh Rush 48x16
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My trip is 28 miles round trip. The majority of that trip is along us hwy 441 - speed limit is 60 mph, no it may actually be 55. Alot of Semi's use this road also. But it's funny because i don't feel vulnerable on that portion of the road. I chose that part of the route due to it's high visibility. But the other part takes me way back along some wooded sections where there is no one.....it seems to be this part that I am suddenly hyper aware of and this is section that i am most familiar with -- i grew up right in this area. I've been commuting for 2 years - this being my second year. No problems, no scares - nothing. I'm a great rider -- my bike of choice is a mean old beater mountain bike. I use it because i do like to dive off roads and go exploring. I also like it's solid feel
i crashed in the Wendy's parking lot a while back -- i was playing Ninja with some friends..bouncing curbs and doing stupid stuff - someone had poured some chili out onto the pavement and i rounded the corner at full "stupid" speed- my tires slipped in it....i went down fast and bad....i wore the pavement tattoo for almost a month but my bike had no dings at all
I guess i say all that to enforce the fact that i'm not a timid person -- and i'm confused as to what my problem suddenly is. I'm going to just keep traveling it and see if it wears itself out- i'm glad you guys were here to talk with. It makes me feel better to have just expressed my concerns. Everyone in my family is TOTALLY against this biking lifestyle of mine. It's always a confrontation to talk with them...i get the " but you're a girl and it's not safe" lecture each time. Without revealing my age i can say for sure that my "girl" years left awhile back
oh & i'm in central florida -- just outside of The Villages in Lady Lake.
As for car free and the simple life : there is no better way to be!