Tuesday, September 7, 2010

First ride to work...


This past Sunday I was given the opportunity to ether miss work or ride like crazy and get there via bicycle... I couldn't use the car and I found out at the last possible minute... Anyway I slapped my gear in the pannier, suited up and checked my route.
Now I started really liking a new feature on Google Maps, it features a button to adjust your route to known bicycle lanes and such. So you do everything you usually do to get the route you need but than click the bicycle icon and poof :) Now I know this is new and bound to have bugs in the system... but Sunday was not the I needed to iron out bugs :( On a few turns I mixed up directions (easy to do when turning every block or so) as well as the non-existent bike lanes on a route clearly posted as a bike route!!! Ya that was fun...
So aside from getting lost a few times and sweating out close calls on very narrow lanes, I made it to work, albeit a couple hours late... remember I was getting in the car at the last possible minute... Work is also in the next town away, 20 miles as the crow flies, 26 by car, and who knows how many miles I ended up riding trying to hurry to work...
I took this pic, and more, while on one of the various farm stretches on my way, really nice views that blur by while in a car. Even though I was not expecting this ride I did enjoy it and the view, plus I didn't get sunburned like I was sure I would :p
After work, 11pm, I chose to ride home as I was still feeling pretty good and was still on a high from the days ride. I find I feel better and have a great outlook when I ride, so I think I'll keep it up :p Anyway I found out just how dark a moonless night on a HWY threw the farms really gets... I ride in the city at night all the time and don't think about the dark much at all... Not so out in the farm lands LOL My light barely shows the lane strip on my left, I could see NOTHING else. When I road crossed I was blind, my white stripe was gone and I could see nothing till I reach the other side, hoping I was close to the right spot and not heading for the irrigation ditch, that was full of water for the farm lands around me... Ya that was a bit more exciting than I was interested in LOL. I'm also glad I was feeling up for the few gang areas I went threw, just picked up the cadence a bit and just plowed threw... No issues at all and I was glad for that as I really didn't want to deal with that at all. Once over the freeway and railroad tracks I was in familiar territory and was soon back home. It only took 2 hours to get home and I was spinning an easy cadence that left me still feeling good.
I ended up being on my bike going to and from work longer than I was actually at work lol...

1 comment:

  1. quite an epic day! Good dedication in getting to work too!

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