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My morning commute

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Between April 1 and the end of September-early October, I ride my bike to work as much as possible.  While it takes less time to get to work by bus, there’s no comparison. The bus is usually over-crowded and most of the passengers and the bus drivers are cranky. On my bike, I don’t have to worry about being bumped by a massive knapsack or having my arm jerked off by a bus driver who has aspirations to be Mario Andretti. I live relatively close to a river and there’s a bike path that runs along the edge of the river, almost all the way to my office. A short jump across a busy bridge and I’m at work. About 25 mins and 7 km each way. My building has change rooms in the basement, which means I can shower at work and not worry about being smelly all day. While it only takes me about 20 minutes to get to work by bus, I need about 45 minutes to get to work, shower and get to my office. It takes a bit more organization, but it’s well worth the effort. Oxygen and fresh air clear out any cobwebs.  I always arrive at work in a good mood. The return trip gives me a chance to unwind a bit before I’m thrown into the evening routine.

Loaded up and ready to go

Loaded up and ready to go

Cup holder - forget the water bottle

Cup holder – forget the water bottle

 

The best thing about riding my bike is that the scenery changes daily. Every so often, I’ll see a heron standing just off shore as I ride past a shallow inlet. In the spring, there’s gaggles of Canada geese with fuzzy little goslings waddling around after their parents. every so often, the bike traffic comes to a stand-still as a mama goose leads her pack across the pathway in search of a more succulent patch of grass (Canada geese are big and ill-tempered, so always a good idea to let them go first). Recently, I saw a hawk fly over my head, clutching a small rodent in his talons – it was close enough that I could see its beak and the tail of its breakfast.

Wildflowers

Wildflowers

 

 

Traffic jam on the ride to work

Traffic jam on the ride to work

View from my bike

View from my bike

Public art gallery

Public art gallery

More wildflowers

More wildflowers

The road ahead
The road ahead

A view from the ground

A view from the ground

Just another reason why riding a bike is better

Just another reason why riding a bike is better

Parking lot

Parking lot

 

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