I did end up taking the train yesterday but it was too nice an evening to ride straight home so I went by a different and longer route. What should have been a 7.5 mile ride ended up being nearer 13 by the time I got to our house. It was great just to pedal and follow my nose along the lanes around where we live. I could have ridden much further but was well ready for dinner when I arrived!
I'd even texted my lad to see if he wanted to ride and meet me for the last couple of miles. He rides a BMK with the saddle down somewhere near the rear wheel so distance riding isn't really going to be his thing. He insists that he would be no more comfortable if I put his seat up a bit though - you can't tell kids anything, can you? At least the bike still has two working brakes although I have to keep telling him to use them to slow down, rather than dragging a foot on the floor. Still if they've seen the pros doing it on YouTube... None of that really mattered though - it was just good to ride together for the last part of my commute.
When I used to use the car every day, I would go out of my way to shave time and distance off the journey. So unpleasant is an evening commute by car. I don't ever remember voluntarily making the journey longer just for the sake of it.
It seems that, in yet another way, cycling beats driving hands down.
(28 miles for the day)
|Nice view down the lane towards our house.|
BMX Bandit in the distance.