I feel your pain, Erl , because I really enjoy my rides to and from
work...but I got cut off by a right-turning car while crossing at an
intersection in a designated bike lane end of Sep on my way home and have
a cracked LI vertebra....so no riding probably for the next 3 or 4
weeks...could've been a lot worse , though. I really love riding in the
autumn and it's hard to be off the bike.
Thankfully no head trauma, and my X0-1 seems to be OK but may take it to
our local Natural Cycle to be checked out.
Very handsome Cheviot and Romulus by the way and I wish you a speedy
On Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 10:18:02 AM UTC-5, WETH wrote:
> As I spend a beautiful weekend indoors nursing an irritated sciatic nerve,
> I thought I'd write about my bike commute. My commuting route winds
> through sleepy Washington DC suburban neighborhoods, down hill along a
> stream, across a regional park and creek, up hill under an eight lane
> intestate highway, along a major commuter artery where vehicles travel 40
> miles per hour, through quiet urban neighborhoods, and finally, 8 miles
> from home, onto the grounds of the worlds 6th largest cathedral. Departing
> the house about 6:15am, I cycle in the cool predawn air, passing a few
> joggers and mostly dark homes. After two and half miles of peaceful
> suburban roads, I join a steady stream of cars. The constant whine and hum
> of traffic quickens my pace. Three miles later I slip onto quiet
> neighborhood streets as the sky brightens. Back on a six lane urban road
> the cathedral beckons in the distance. I arrive invigorated for the day!
> At 5:30pm, I reverse the route as I exercise away the days frustrations
> and mistakes. The final two and a half miles to my house wind along a
> creek where the roar of traffic grows fainter and dusk settles in as I give
> thanks for the day as I spin contentedly toward home.
> Since early April, I have made this ride exclusively on my rehabilitated
> Romulus with albatross bars and a small Saddlesack. Nimble, quick and
> comfortable, this bike is an extension of my body such that I feel I am in
> it rather than riding on it. The shorter wheelbase and uptight riding
> position puts me over the rear 35mm tire so I feel the road the way I would
> in a sports car-a bit rough but in command.
> I greet runners, walkers, and cyclists while marveling at how many respond
> in the morning and how relatively few I encounter in the evening. Kindred
> souls take to the road in the morning darkness.* I marvel at the
> politeness and courteousness of most drivers. I wave a hand in thanks much
> more often than I glare or gesture at an inattentive or aggressive driver.
> I try to put Mildred Norman's words into action: "But, you see, I love
> people and I see the good in them. And you're apt to reach what you see.
> The world is like a mirror: If you smile at it, it smiles at you. I love to
> smile, and so in general, I definitely receive smiles in return."
> Fall's chill is creeping in, and I must layer more clothes. Soon I will
> be carrying my work clothes while cycling in winter gear and changing at
> work. To that end the Cheviot is built with rack and large Saddlesack,
> ready to take over as my daily commuter until spring. The Romulus will get
> cleaned and tuned-up to be ready for weekend adventures.
> I placed my favorite photos from my 2016 Romulus commutes in a folder:
> https://flickr.com/photos/86975051@N08/sets/72157674823367155 I will add
> more as they occur.
> The Cheviot is ready, and I look forward to the beauty of fall and winter
> mornings. Cheviot photos here:
> Safe cycling wishes to all,
> *I love the early morning hours, yet I am not a morning person.
> Vocational obligations and a loathing of heavy traffic get me out the door
> early on weekdays, while weekends find me sleeping later.
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