Friday, May 20, 2011

National Bike to Work Week

Ok, I admit it. I'm pretty much a fair weather bike commuter. I started bike commuting last fall and rode until the Friday before "fall back", the switch from daylight saving to standard time. In the fall, I enjoyed riding the 11 mile route in the cool temperatures, and found the early morning frost to be a beautiful addition to the ride. However, I just am not comfortable riding in the dark, nor on snow and ice. So once the time changed, the commuter was put away for the winter.

My schedule and the rainy, crappy weather have been on a collision course for weeks (yes, refer back to the fair weather thing, and add rain and winds over 20mph to the snow, ice and dark list.) I travel extensively for work, often only going into the office a couple of times a week. But I was determined I would ride my bike this week - that no matter what it took, I would commute at least once during National Bike to Work Week. Thankfully, today, on the one day I was in the office, the weather cooperated.

Beautiful sunny morning. Enjoyed seeing a duck pair playing in water on the trail.
Ride in was great. Loved seeing my helmet and gear in my office. So much so, I kept moving it around, so others would notice. On my own little influence others to ride mission around the office.
I'm fortunate in having half of my route off road on Milwaukee's Oak Leaf trail -both for the views of the Menominee River...... 
And because it takes me off the road - I sure am glad I wasn't sitting in that traffic above the trail!
Loved the ride. Makes me happy to get the 1st of many bike commutes in for 2011.


  1. Love your helmet, too! I need some Hello Kitty bike accessories... And a job to commute to! ;-)

  2. 11 miles! Thats great! Its great that your commute is a scenic one, im stuck in crazy nyc traffic. But great post and the helmet is great I might have to design my own as well. Thanks!