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Old 05-26-07, 08:57 AM   #1
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A more relaxed weekend

It's Saturday and raining outside and I need to travel 4 miles to buy some clothes. There's a car in my driveway, but I'm avoiding using it... Still, I'll postpone my bike trip for a little. It might stop raining later.

One thing I notice about using a bicycle for transportation is that Saturdays are a lot more relaxing. There's no need to rush around town doing errands. Actually, somehow... most of those errands turn out to be unecessary. If the weather is nice, I get a very enjoyable bike ride while doing the absolutely necessary chores. If the weather is not nice, I might just read a book...

Anyone else notice a more peaceful existence w/o cars on the weekend?
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Always! I just got done completing the rehab on a Huffy Baypoint 3 speed for one of the ladies at work and took it for a quick 2 mile run up the road. A surprisingly sweet little ride for what it was originally. I think it may have been one of the last ones made in the US before Huffy went offshore. I try to spend my Saturdays at home piddling or riding. I spend too much time on the road as it is so any time spent at home is quality time and if you add bikes to the equation it is approaching near nirvana

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Old 05-26-07, 05:33 PM   #3
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I actually spend way too much time now looking for reasons to do chores on Saturday since I get to ride (rain or shine) and sometimes leave stuff that need to be done at home... darn bike..
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Old 05-28-07, 06:50 PM   #4
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Yeah I like your observation about how those "important" errands end up being unnecessary.
Less road rage too. I think something begins to happen to your whole approach to weekends when you decide not to drive.
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Wife and I went out to dinner and drinks at a very nice restaurant (with the money saved by NOT buying gas). Took the bus to one one of the hubs. We read and watched CNN while waiting for the transfer. I had two glasses of red wine with dinner (don't have to worry about getting behind the wheel of a car, looking over my shoulder all the time for cops). We had a very nice time and probably will do that next weekend. It's just nice not having to depend on the automobile for everything and having a little more breathing room financially and enjoy some little luxuries for a change.
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Absolutely! Holidays too. On Memorial Day I rode to a beach near my house and watched the cars lined up to pay for parking. It was too crowded there so I decided to ride around the MSU campus, a beautiful location that was almost like a ghost town on the holiday. I wished we had taken a picnic to eat on the banks of the Red Cedar River, but we ate at a restaurant insead.

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