Wednesday, August 5

Not Quite Perfect Yet - Thanks Keri!

Keri Caffrey's comment on this post got me thinking. While Bear Creek Parkway in Keller IS pretty darn nice, that hill going home isn't the funnest thing in the world on a hot, Tarrant County summer day. Might there be an alternate?

Sure enough, a careful satellite mode perusal of Google Maps revealed what looked like an alternate route that might just go around the hill with little to no increase in distance. Well, today I tried it and I have to say that this is a MUP I can really get to like. There's no pedestrian OR bike traffic since it's just a little local route, it's got good shade, and it avoids that hot hillclimb with the sun on my back. I may have to reconsider my opinion of the "Safe Routes to School" program.

Thanks, Keri, I owe you one! I'm amazed that I'm still discovering new commute route improvements nearly four months after starting my new commute on a regular basis. I also find it fascinating that the route home diverges just a little bit more each week from the route to work. I guess I'm just easily amused...

(old commute in blue arrows for ChipSeal's benefit. New "hot day" alternate in basic black arrows)


Keri said...

Shade is better, for sure.

I will take some very indirect routes in the summer to find shade.

Rantwick said...

You should all just move to Canada, where in exchange for 4-5 months of pretty cold, you get pretty darn tolerable summers...

Steve A said...

What was the high temperature in Vancouver last Wednesday?

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