Anyway, it was fairly apparent when I made Thursday’s post entitled “Last Commute,” that something was afoot. Well, my employer likes to keep us all from accumulating too much work stuff by periodically moving us. Conveniently enough, this v3 location is much closer to home; seven miles instead of the twenty mile v2 commute. Yippee!
|No More Pavement Like This|
As it turns out, those rules I came up with are pretty good. Also, as it turns out, every commute has a different set of highlights and challenges. This new commute turns out to be very simple from a riding standpoint. It’s got smooth pavement all the way, and traffic is more consistent than the v2 commute. What’s more, I already made much of this route when I rode the v1 commute to Haltom City, in the days before this blog began. This morning, just to be sure I was leaving plenty of time, I slept in for an extra 45 minutes and then hit the road. It was already beginning to lighten outside. Wow, no more long cold morning ride in the dark!
|No More Pavement Like This, Either!|
Commute v2 had almost optimal facilities for a bike commuter. Simply roll in the back door, get stuff out of the locker immediately adjacent to the shower room, and then roll on to the elevator and park behind the office door. About the only feature it lacked was free cafeteria food for bike commuters. The v3 commute will require more arrival sophistication. Starting off, I think there’ll be none of this bringing the bike inside; certainly not at first. There are bike racks; ancient “wheel bender” racks. What’s more, I heard a bike commuter “…was told straight up by one of the security guards that a bike had been stolen from the rack right in front of the guard shed, in broad daylight.” Hmm, it seems that the days of lock-free commuting are over. No lockers near the shower either. OTOH, there IS a shower, and it doesn’t look heavily used. Brightening things a bit more, only one person so far has told me that I’m crazy and sure to be run over.
|Preferred Method of Attaching a Bike to a "Wheelbender" Rack..|
Luckily My Wife's Bike was the Only Rack Occupant Today
|A Newly Discovered Route Variant on the First Day. More on This in a Future Post|