Last week was a pretty damn awesome week on the bike. I managed to commute to and from work and around town four days out of five and ran a boatload of errands to boot. Let’s review …
Monday was easy. I biked to work in the morning, then home in the afternoon. Nothing terribly exciting to report about that. I did have a pretty full load in my panniers, as I had to pack in my suit for an on-camera interview that morning. Otherwise, easy peasy.
However, I had been noticing that my car was overheating and its engine was revving when idling, as if to run the fan and cool the motor. Given that I needed to drive on Thursday, I had to take my car to the shop on Tuesday to make sure it was repaired on time. So that morning, I loaded up my gear and my bike and drove to Barton’s on Overton Park Drive. I had to be on campus by 8:30 AM, so I left the house super-early (for me, anyway) at just past 7. After dropping of my car, I biked to campus.
What made the ride so enjoyable, other than the opportunity to watch the sun rise over Memphis as I headed to work, was that I followed a new route to campus. From Barton’s I biked through Overton Park, east on Broad St., then south on Tillman to the Greenline. I rode the Greenline east to High Point Terrace, which I followed south to campus. It was a really great ride, and faster than I expected: just over 30 minutes. (I’m sure the two double cappuccinos I had that morning helped.) After class and a few meetings, I biked home. Here’s the map:
The loop at the end was courtesy a trip to the bank. 11.5 miles total. Whee!
My car was ready that afternoon, so Wednesday morning I biked to Barton’s, stopping at Black Lodge on the way, picked up my car, and drove it home. Then I biked to campus, had my day at work, and left in the afternoon to run a few errands.
From campus I biked to Poplar Plaza and bought a few things at the soon-to-be-replaced Kroger. Then I rode to Busters for some vino, even biking on Poplar during rush hour for a spell. From Busters I headed west to the Memphis Public Library on Poplar, then biked home. I was going to go to Home Depot, but the hour was growing late and I was hungry. Once again, here’s the map:
Another 14.5 miles. Awesome.
What I enjoyed most about the week was the variation in routes. Normally I follow pretty much the same route every day. Sure, I could mix it up, but like a lot of commuters (of the two-wheeled and four-wheeled varieties), I mostly just want to get where I’m going. Being pushed into new routes was really nice.
Friday was super easy. I biked to and from Otherlands, my normal Friday routine. So easy, I didn’t even bother with cycling gear.
Altogether, I logged around 30 miles last week. That’s roughly two gallons of gas I would have otherwise burned, meaning that I saved … um … how much is gas these days? I can never remember.
Anyway, more news later this week. I hope to see you on the road soon.