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    From the pedestrian bridge, on the way to the bus stop this morning ...






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    @Machka Your commute pictures put all others I've seen to shame. Looks like a great place to live and work!

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    Quote Originally Posted by awfulwaffle View Post
    @Machka Your commute pictures put all others I've seen to shame.
    That might explain why few other posters choose to compete in the photo contest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by I-Like-To-Bike View Post
    That might explain why few other posters choose to compete in the photo contest.
    Not a contest ... not meant to be a contest.

    Just chatting about our commute routes.


    Show us, or tell us about, your current car-light or car-free commute route and/or errands routes.
    Do you ride the bus or take the train? What is that like where you are? Do you have a nice walk or cycle to/from the bus or train stops?

    Do you cycle everywhere?

    Do you walk ... rollerblade ... skateboard ... use a scooter ... to get to work, school, or the shops?

    How long is your commute? What is the traffic like? The roads? The terrain? The scenery?


    What do you like or dislike about your current commute and/or errands routes?



    Speaking of which ... is yours still under water?

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    Quote Originally Posted by awfulwaffle View Post
    @Machka Your commute pictures put all others I've seen to shame. Looks like a great place to live and work!
    I'm sure there are beautiful areas on just about all our commutes.

    I do like where we live, although our current location is just a bit crowded for me. When we move in a month's time we should have a bit more elbow room ... and my commute will change so I'll have some new photos.

    But I've also liked just about all the places I've lived ... they're all lovely in their own ways.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Machka View Post
    Speaking of which ... is yours still under water?
    The water has receded to almost normal height.After the water receded from downtown, the main street still required a detour while the BNSF RR people checked out/repaired the tracks at the Main Street crossing which was pictured underwater. The parking lot near the boat launching site is now clear and the weekly Farmer's Market should be returning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Machka View Post
    From the pedestrian bridge, on the way to the bus stop this morning ...






    That was then ... and this was on Friday 1 August ... it snowed!




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    This is part of a 12 mile commute I had many years ago, with a more recent pic. I usually left the paved path, crossed the field, and took a twisty muddy bumpy and partly downhill shortcut through the woods past the abandoned crane. Then I was back on straight pavement for most of the remaining 10 miles. Going back up that shortcut in mud and snow sometimes exceeded my biking ability.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zedoo View Post
    This is part of a 12 mile commute I had many years ago, with a more recent pic. I usually left the paved path, crossed the field, and took a twisty muddy bumpy and partly downhill shortcut through the woods past the abandoned crane. Then I was back on straight pavement for most of the remaining 10 miles. Going back up that shortcut in mud and snow sometimes exceeded my biking ability.
    That brings back memories of my early childhood, when we lived in Oakland County. I remember a lot of family picnics at Bloomer Park, and autumn visits to the cider mill. I'm glad they've left a lot of parkland and the trail system as the area urbanized. When I was a kid, there were still a few farms around there between the subdivisions. Rochester and Utica, even Farmington, were more like small towns than continuous suburbs.


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    A view of my current commute ... and also the route we walk down to the beach ...



    The sea mist had come in and a storm was brewing behind me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Machka View Post
    The sea mist had come in and a storm was brewing behind me.
    Of course, much colder in North America right now. But a mild winter so far. However, it's a little early in the season to make any predictions

    I'm in Newfoundland right now, but heading back to Des Moines soon. Newfoundland has almost no snow and probably none after tomorrow's warm up. Des Moines has had nice weather but is gearing up for some cold air.

    Tasmania looks very inviting. What's winter like?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gerv View Post
    Of course, much colder in North America right now. But a mild winter so far. However, it's a little early in the season to make any predictions

    I'm in Newfoundland right now, but heading back to Des Moines soon. Newfoundland has almost no snow and probably none after tomorrow's warm up. Des Moines has had nice weather but is gearing up for some cold air.

    Tasmania looks very inviting. What's winter like?
    It's summer right now and today we had a high of 34C. Just a bit warm ... and no surprise about the storm. It was a sticky 25C when I took that photo at about 7:30 pm.

    I've only experienced one full winter and a bit of another and it/they were actually quite nice. No days below freezing down in the valley near the river/bay/ocean ... but snow on the mountain tops. I was expecting a lot of rain during the winter ... like what we had in Victoria (Australia) ... and there was some, but not as much as I expected.

    The climate is a bit like the Pacific Northwest.

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    I am very lucky. My commute is on a bike trail 99 percent of the time(just about 7 miles). And for a city of over 1 million people. This is my sight every morning
    Today:
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    2014:
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    My route has become longer. It's now almost 8 miles up and down the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains and with a large drop from the bluffs down to the river. After a month, I'm beginning to get in shape for the ride, which hopefully will speed up when I don't have to take as many rest breaks. I can take the bus sometimes most of the way to work, getting dropped off a couple of blocks from a street down to the river. It's steep, narrow, and winding so it's fun going down, but the trip back up at nights is still pretty intimidating, especially in the rain.
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