30 miles

September 29, 2008

The Great Bike Commute of 2008 has begun.  This morning I dragged my sorry self out of bed at an hour I don’t really want to talk about.  The weather was very good to me considering that it rained for most of the weekend and all night.  When I left the house it was pitch dark and I was extremely grateful for my NiteRider bike light.  For the first half-mile my heart rate was through the roof mostly just from fear and adrenaline.  It’s really a bizarre feeling to be out biking alone in the dark.  Of course there are no streetlights where I live, so it’s a pretty dark ride.  Once I settled in I just started grinning with the satisfaction of knowing that I’m embarking on this exciting challenge.

I was a little late for work because I didn’t factor in time lost for descending huge hills (that I usually fly down) that were a little more scary when it’s wet and dark out.  Anyway, by the time I got to work the sun was almost up and it didn’t feel so weird to be on a bike anymore.  Luckily there is a shower at work so I was able to clean up before getting on with my day.  You’ll also be relieved to learn that I managed to transport my coffee with me.

All day I was really excited for the ride home.  Not that biking is that special to me, but there’s something about knowing that I’m using my bike to commute that’s fun.  GB wants to know if this enthusiasm will still exist by the middle of January.  Possibly not.

I actually rode into town to pick up the truck so I can sell it so my afternoon commute was about 20 miles.  Combined with my ride to work, that makes 30 miles of fuel-free transportation.  Not entirely true since I had to buy a Luna bar to fuel my body.  It’s not that bad of a commute distance wise, but I live in those things that Elizabeth refers to as “mountains”, so by Spring I should be pretty burly.

Thanks to all of you for your encouragement.  It’s a little bit of a crazy undertaking but I’m committed and totally fired-up about it.

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One Response to “30 miles”

  1. Marit C-L Says:

    Great job Ness! That’s awesome – AND you transported your coffee. I am very impressed. Good thing about the light – do you have reflective gear? I know I sound like my Mom and all – but if you’re biking in the dark, it may not be a bad idea to at least have a vest… something to think about.


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