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First Commute

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Today was my first official commute. Ira spent numerous grueling hours (his back is still sore) getting my bike all tricked out with fenders, lights, rear rack, and a nifty trunk bagthat easily slides onto the rack and can convert to panniers. It can be carried like a purse or bag. So I’m ready and eager to start using my bike more and car less. 
 
So where did I commute to? Appropriately enough, my knitting group which meets at Apple Yarns down in Barkley Village—about 6 miles round trip by trail. (I could take a shorter route but that would involve more mountain biking skills than I possess and death defying speeds that I have no interest in experiencing.) 
I packed my knitting and a raincoat (it was threatening to rain) in the panniers and headed down the hill. I parked my bike outside the shop (appropriately chained up of course), grabbed a cup of coffee at Starbucks next door, and headed back to Apple to knit for a couple of hours. Then I packed up my knitting, donned my helmet, and pedaled back home. It was awesome. I didn’t even need my raincoat. Tomorrow I’m commuting a bit farther down the trail to get a haircut. I can hardly wait.

 

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Author: d2

I ride because it's fun. It's also healthy, good for the environment, and my gas budget but if it wasn’t fun, none of that would matter. It's what gets me on my bike almost every day, even when I'm tired, not feeling my best, or just not in the mood. No other form of "exercise" has equaled it. I used to love to run but I was injury-prone and couldn't do it every day. I certainly couldn't jog down to the store and come home with dinner. Walking is okay but definitely falls around midpoint on the fun scale. I enjoy it, especially when I'm walking with a friend, but am not exhilarated by it. So I ride.

3 thoughts on “First Commute

  1. Bravo! I wish I could ride to errands but the hills are too steep here in the foothills. I do walk sometimes though.

  2. Dee Dee, I love to read your posts…always so positive…you are one of my favorite blog friends…thanks so much for all the encouragement you send my way…

  3. Thanks, Shannon. You are an inspiration for me. I'm so glad we met up through blogging!

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