Biking to work

When we moved closer Durham in June, I started seriously considering the idea of riding my bike to work. Several guys I work with already do that. It’s a great way to stay in shape and reduce your environmental footprint. So, now that the weather is cooler (less than 90F/32°C) I really ran out of excuses not to try it. Heck, one of my coworkers ran to work the other day, and he lives just down the road, maybe a mile or two closer. So, yesterday I put road tires on my bike and cleaned it a bit, so that I could take it into town.

This morning, I got up at 8:00 and did a test run. At least Sunday morning there would be less traffic. It took me 30 Minutes to get to the office, where I took a 30-Min break, and then I turned around and biked back. The ride back is uphill, and so it took me 45 Minutes to get back home. I think I can do this maybe twice a week. The most direct way to go is not a particularly nice ride, mostly along a busy, four-lane road. At least there are decent sidewalks for a good part of the ride, which makes it much safer. Probably I’ll try to take the North/South Greenway part of the American Tobacco Trail, although that’s not so direct, but it might be a more pleasant ride.

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