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Old 07-28-14, 07:38 AM   #26
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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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@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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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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@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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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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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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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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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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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
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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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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.
How is the commute going?
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My commute is a 9 mile ride mostly on bike path and very little riding on streets. Normally I can make it between 30 and 35 minutes.
Both my kids take the S-Bahn (commuter train) to school.
My wife runs errands on her bike and trailer or trolly, depending if she buys a case of water or juice.
I basically don't drive the car anymore, unless I want to get into the alps down south or maybe to my folks out west.
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the street where I live and a tricky left fork
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vo9AbgLT8f4

admittedly for joyrides I sometimes do my old commute route, this is a section on Route 20 I affectionately refer to as one of a couple kill zones. I always climb the last section out of the saddle cuz I don't want to give up the speed I gained on the downhill
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My current commute consists of stumbling out of bed, passing my bicycles parked in the dining room and plunking my behind in the desk chair in the living room.


Almost as short as my commute when I was a truck driver. If I wasn't wearing shorts I'd be at work before I finished getting dressed.

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Astoria Oregon https://www.google.com/search?q=Asto...w=1808&bih=959

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astoria,_Oregon

1/2 mile from town Center. 2 blocks from the Columbia River Estuary , I look out my window and a current Panamax Ship's bridge
is about as high up, at High Tide, as My window. Some Container Ships the Bridge deck is Higher.

My House is 4 blocks from the Post Office .

apartments on the west side I had 3 miles around the point at the river level , to get to town center.

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1/2 mile from town Center. 2 blocks from the Columbia River Estuary , I look out my window and a current Panamax Ship's bridge
is about as high up, at High Tide, as My window. Some Container Ships the Bridge deck is Higher.
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My commute as recorded on aprs.fi.

Sadly not very scenic, and I'd have to grab the GPS off the bike to get an elevation plot, but essentially my commute is I run the gauntlet through traffic for as little as possible. I have a bit just outside the Brisbane CBD and a couple of major roads I cross, but otherwise its quiet backstreets for most of the run.

I wind up walking the biggest hill because it's an awkward 90 turn at the bottom and so it's difficult to time my acceleration to get up it, although I have been known to do so when the mood takes me. The big advantage being that the route is unpopular with cars so I can take my time safely.
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Taken on a recent, somewhat stormy morning. A lot of mornings over the summer were somewhat stormy ... well, not just mornings ... whole days. And it is continuing into autumn.

But nevertheless, I do like the view from the bus stop.

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I'd like to hear about more of your commutes ...

A few more details about mine ... it's a 300 metre walk to the bus stop, and then anywhere from 30-60 min ride into town. My usual bus meanders around the tops of the hills and eventually descends into Hobart. The bus before or the bus after go along a neighbouring beach, then up and over into Hobart.

Once in Hobart, where I get off depends on what I'm doing that day. Sometimes I'm one of the first people off, and I end up walking the rest of the way to work ... sometimes I ride it to the end, and I walk the 200 metres to work.
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Autumn commute in 2014 that didn't go too well.


Swapped to Schwalbe Marathon Plus after that and had only one flat since.
My commute is year round and a pretty flat 14km one way commute. Sometimes I take detours to make it 30+km commutes, but mostly I go straight home, since dinner and the family is waiting.

My commute consists of mostly bike path and inner village travel, 30km/h zones and very light traffic. Pretty uneventful and enjoyable.
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If I were to cycle to work ...

This is the elevation profile of the route I would take to work. I would choose this route because the biggest climb is less steep, and because there is a decent shoulder most of the way. It does disappear for a while on the decent, and I'd be in the thick of traffic, and then a little further along I would share a lane with the city busses.





This is the elevation profile of the route I would take going home. I would choose this route because the biggest climb is less steep, and because there is a decent shoulder most of the way. It does get quite narrow and tight around some of the curves in the road near the home end, and I'd want to time it so that most of the traffic had gone through.




Getting actual pictures of these hills is a bit difficult because they are part of Mt Wellington.
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