Tagged: daily commute

A smattering of stuff

I am so happy for the onset of autumn that I can hardly stand it.  The air smells like burning wood, the night arrives earlier, and I find myself wanting to go to a college football game.  Or at least watch one on TV.  For the purposes of this blog, the weather has gotten so much better for biking it is not even funny.  Instead of being bathed in sweat when I arrive home in the afternoon, I am merely glistening with perspiration.  Quite a difference, I assure you.

Before I get to my day’s rides, I have some good news to share with you.  The League of American Bicyclists has bestowed on our fair city not one but two awards!  We’ve received an Honorable Mention as a bike-friendly city and a Bronze-Level Bicycle Friendly Business Award.  The former is due to the construction of more than 120 miles of cycling facilities in the past 8 years; the latter is due to the installation of bike-commuter facilities, like showers and bike racks, at local businesses.  This is such good news and portends a great future for Memphis as a biking city.

Yesterday was a quite uneventful day on my bike.  I left for work in the morning then came home in the evening.  Now that the beginning of the semester has given way to the realization that we’re not getting out of this until December, my students have become much more docile.  Despair with do that to you.

Here’s a map of my ride yesterday.

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See that?  How wonderfully boring.  There and back again, on the same road no less.  Sometimes that’s nice.

Aaaaaannnnnd here’s my map from today.

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This is what running an errand at Poplar Plaza does for my ride.

You’ll note the circuitous route I took from campus to the store.  I completely skipped Central and Highland and instead biked down Midland to Greer to Joffree.  Why the extra miles?  It was rush hour when I left my office.  And as short as the bike ride down Central and up Highland would have been, I just did not feel like dealing with traffic.

But I had to ultimately, as I needed to run another errand on Cooper, which meant biking from the end of the Chickasaw Gardens route down to my ‘hood.  It wasn’t so bad until Cooper bottlenecks at Central (coming from the north).  I’m not going to be dramatic and say that I almost got run off the road, but I did choose to wait on the sidewalk next to the nursery at Cooper and Central until the light turned red and I could safely rejoin traffic.

Thursday I’m biking to campus and then Boscos for a beer around 8ish.  Hope your Thursday is good too.

Oh and guess what?  We’re still waiting.

Rides so far this week

I’ve biked two days this week, Tuesday and Wednesday, as I elected to work from home Monday and today.  (BTW, these days are soon to come to an end – classes start next week.)  It’s been a pretty uneventful week thus far although I have had some fun experiences.

Tuesday … wait, actually I worked from home Tuesday as well.  But I had a meeting that afternoon with our local insurance guy about … life insurance.  Gawd.  Just writing that makes me feel old.  But, given the fact that if either my wife or I died, leaving the other to fend for him/herself, the surviving spouse would be pretty much fucked financially, we decided it was a good idea to get insured.  Also, I’m getting disability insurance, in case something bad happens to me while biking.  (And the Oscar for most depressing blog post goes to … )

After an hour or so of listening to the fine points of term life, whole life, universal life, and other things I promptly forgot, I stopped by the house for a minute before heading to the University district for the Peddler’s Tuesday night ride.  I hadn’t ridden one in a long time, and I wish I hadn’t waited so long.  The main reason for my participation was that a friend of mine is considering buying a bike, so I took him to the Peddler to shop for one.  He found a really beautiful bike for not that much; can’t remember the model though.  He had fun on the ride but was rather exhausted by the time we returned.

The best part of the ride was a family of two parents with three kids, two boys and a girl.  The girl slept in a trailer her parents pulled for most of the ride – she was maybe two years old – but her brothers rode the entire distance to Overton Park and most of the way back.  And they were maybe four and six.  Seriously.  They were flying.  It was awesome.

Anyway, here’s a map of the day’s ride.

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Wednesday I was in meetings most of the day, but I biked to work and then home nonetheless.  I felt really crappy when I got home, allergies maybe, so I had to bail on a dinner with friends.  But the ride was fun at least.  Here’s a map.

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I had to run an errand at Poplar Plaza, hence the funny route home.

So, Tuesday’s ride was 17.4 miles and Wednesday’s was 9.11.  Not bad for a slow week.  I’m sure cycling and writing will pick up next week, when I’ll have to go to the office almost every day.  Seriously.  I know.

Until then, happy biking, and be safe.


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