I rode to work today. Bike-bus-bike commute. 45 mile commute, 8 of those riding on either end. It's winter so I am riding my uber-commuter from home to the bus terminal, 5 mi; I keep a lockup bike at the work end of the bus trip, 3 mi to the office.
Not optimal situation -- when there's no danger of overnight ice, or snowbank melting into black ice, I'll ditch the 26" wheeled bikes and go back to bringing my Birdy folder on the bus with me.
I'll be running at Minto Brown park here in Salem after work, probably 6 miles or so. I like walking for transportation (I think it's my favorite mode, as it's less hassle than biking), but it's not exercise unless I'm climbing a steep hill or carrying a heavy back pack.
I did this yesterday, not today, but I was too tired when I got home to mess around on the computer. I rode up the logging roads on my Rocky Mountain to find a road I used to drive years ago, before this started becoming a normal sight:
That's about 2 - 3 miles from my house and I'm embarrassed to admit that I briefly considered driving to that point in my pickup with the bike in back. Most of the people who passed me on the gravel road leading there were probably heading to the Black Rock Mountain Bike area, with lots of trails and jumps, but not me.
It took me two hours from the time I left home to get to this road. It is called the S Line, and goes over to the North Fork of the Siletz River. It can't have been over 10 miles, but it was all climbing.
I rode off the S-Line up to a landing, as it was too cold to eat in the BLM forested area. This view is looking west toward the Valley of the Giants and the ocean. The picture doesn't show it, but I could see what looked like the ocean way out there. I guess it could have been the upper edge of a layer of clouds that are frequently out to sea off our coasst; they are pretty flat too.
I got this picture of Mt. Hood on my way back:
It took me about an hour to get back home. Even going downhill I had to take it easy, as the timber companies had put down fresh gravel in many places. It would have been tough riding my Fargo with the 50 mm Schwalbe Supremes I have on it for commuting.
Today I couldn't decide if I wanted to go hiking or to a train museum, and I've been pondering that all week so I went with a third option, gardening and then buying a new road bike. There's a used bike store an hour from here, but they'd sold the bike I was eying so I wound up deciding to try a single speed that the guy in the shop advised me would be a good transition from my old mountain bike to real road bikes. On the way home I pulled off onto a county road and took the bike for a spin into the country. I'm still not sure if I made the right decision, but its lightness is growing on me. :)
Rode for groceries.
First time outside in 3 days.
It's nice to get out.
Nice house and cars. Are they yours?
Wow, those are beautiful cars.
It's ironic to say it here, but still, they are iconic.
Anyone recognize the house? It's a pretty famous/historical one...
Getting ready for a rain ride to my Tai Chi class after work. I've never done it while dripping... :(
Another week of lunch-time walks. This time the mission was a formal dress. We attend lots of events which lend themselves to formal attire, and my current dresses are getting a little tired.
Plus walks to my evening classes earlier in the week.
Plus ... my photography class "hit the road" and we walked all over the place doing night photography. :)
121.35 km recreational/training ride setting off from home. :)
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I took my first real ride with a cargo trailer today! First, I went to Menard's to pick up a storage tote and some bungees; then, I went to the grocery store and picked up a two week supply of dry goods, dairy products, and personal care items for my household. I ran into some co-workers there, and they were very fascinated by the trailer.
Overall, a great ride. The balmy temperatures in the high 40s helped quite a bit (seriously, it's time for shorts, flip flops, and open windows around here!)
Finally got weather nice enough for me to ride a couple of days last week and today and presumably from here on. There is a lot of residual ice, plus other dirt and debris along the curb, including a lot of tree branch detritus from our winter ice storms, and the potholes are especially bad this spring, so the riding is a little more gnarly than usual, but so much better than the public transit I have suffered with all winter that I am euphoric.
Seriously, the debris and potholes are bad here too, and you forgot to mention the mud from the melting snow. Riding off-pavement is even more difficult now than it was before the snow melted.
Yesterday I walked to three different auto repair shops to get quotes for a brake job on my wife's vehicle...
Today's adventure: the airport. The airport is only about seven miles from both work and home (I left from work), and we were fortunate to be south of the snow and north of the rain. I found the bike rack, and had a nice chat with the TSA guy - he sometimes rides in when the weather is nice.
There are several benefits - one unanticipated:
1. Free parking.
2. Economical packing. I don't check luggage, and ended up on two very small and very full planes. The benefit to economical packing is that I was able to slide all my luggage with the exception of my bike helmet under the seat, leaving room for other passengers to put their stuff.
(In case anyone is wondering, this is a work trip - and so I needed to make sure that I had dress clothes, laptop, and materials for my presentation.)
3. I was in a good mood when I got to the airport!
4. Self-sufficiency. I was actually offered a ride by a co-worker, but turned it down. Then, I'd have to find somebody to come pick me up when I get back, which is always a pain with the plane delays and all. Even when my household had a car, it was a pain.