|Train segment of my multi-modal commute|
Ride to Work: Last call for wearing wool!
There were no surprises on the route, since it's the same one I started taking last summer. Actually there was one thing was sort of a surprise--the part that I think of as being the worst uphill segment didn't feel as bad as I remembered. In fact, I think going up my street feels like more effort, but maybe it's because I'm starting out cold?
Anyway, it was actually chillier than I expected, so I dug out the wool riding mitts and neck snood/gaiter. I think that if my ride were longer I might have started to get too warm, but from the Metro to the pit stop it was only about three miles.
Bike to Work Day Pit Stop: Can't we foldies all just get along?
Speaking of pit stops, when signing up for a pit stop, it might be good to know where it's actually located. Though I live in DC, I work out in the Maryland suburbs, so my pit stop was in a strip mall area that I wasn't familiar with. I ended up going around a parking lot, which is not the best place to be as a biker since drivers are just not looking for you. Ours was probably not quite as active as the big DC pit stops, but I still ended up spending about a 30-40 minutes there, having some coffee and smoothie samples and a half-donut, and picking up some swag.
|I own a lot of orange, but this year's BTWD t-shirt out-oranges them all|
Oh, and before I forget, the Surly LHT owner told me about the Seagull Century, which I had never heard of but takes place on Maryland's Eastern Shore. The guy made it sound appealing--nice roads along the water, relatively flat. I'm not sure I'm up for doing the kind of ride that requires training, but the idea is appealing.
Work: In search of better bike parking
I wouldn't normally write about work, but I found out something exciting--they're adding new bike lockers! Our building has a few now, but they were given out based on a lottery system before I even started my job, and they haven't been redistributed since. Anyway, last month I asked about the possibility of getting one, because I wanted to start taking my new bike to work but wasn't willing to leave my new bike parked in the normal parking area. There are only wavy racks that don't allow for two locking attachment points, the parking area isn't guarded from the public (main campus requires getting past security), and it's a little hidden in an area that isn't high traffic anyway, so a theft during the middle of the day would be feasible. In fact, as I was walking with my fellow employee, he told about his coworker whose bike was stolen from our building's bike parking. So, new bike lockers are a welcome addition, though I told facilities management that they should at least look into better racks if there aren't enough lockers for those who want them.
Ride Home: Contemplating neighborhoods vs. busy streets
Rather than riding to the Metro after work, I decided to take the shuttle to main campus so I could ride home from there. I had been checking out new routes online because I was trying to avoid riding on the sidewalk on my usual route. I ended up going through downtown Bethesda, which was not actually the route I had researched, but I figured why not? Looking back it wasn't actually that great because I was dodging parked cars and impatient drivers, and the bike lane was only the last few blocks for the stretch of road I was riding (lucky for me I was wearing my bright orange shirt). To make matters worse, someone was parked in the bike lane, but it didn't matter anyway because there was construction for a block as well. I still tried take a picture of the parker though, which I think scared them off.
|Putting on your blinkers doesn't make it okay to park in the bike lane|
Home: Celebratory mead
I'm not a big party person and there weren't any on my way home anyway, but I felt like doing something to celebrate. I was going to the market near me for dinner anyway, when I saw a lone bottle of a mead that I'd been eyeing. I'm not actually much of a drinker, but I do partake on occasion, and it seemed light and refreshing--a great way to end the day:
Observation: Looking at Twitter throughout the day, there appeared to be many different hashtags for the event, but I stuck to one for better or for worse #BTWD2015