And it soon went from bad to worse. I ended up riding a major route with a lot of traffic, combined with a drenching rain . . .
Eventually, it let up a little (and I was able to get off the main roads), and I was finally feeling good about the road in.
I finally got into work (a little late), and I found that 2 other people participated in Bike to Work Day. Actually, these guys always ride their bikes in (I see them every day) so really, I was the only person who partook.
I gotta say, I wasn't too too excited about biking in. It's kind of stressful (possibly more stressful than driving in). Plus I have to get up earlier - something I hate to do. And all I got out of it was about $2.00 - the equivalent of the half gallon of gas it usually takes me to drive the 12.8 miles to the office.
On the way home, I waited for a break in the weather (so I wouldn't be riding through rain again), and got out on the roads.
Needless to say, it was a lot better than the morning ride. I was able to take off my raincoat, ride in short sleeves and enjoy the biking. I even saw a deer bounding through the forest next to me. I was feeling so good, I chose a different route, one that included less main thoroughfares and more secluded bike paths. It got really, really nice.
I'm never going to be like this guy. But I can see myself doing this a little more throughout the summer. I felt really good after the ride today. Besides the woman who honked at me, and the weird dude who let out a guttural scream in my direction, there were no problems at all. Traffic seemed a little heavier today (heavier than the time I commuted earlier in the year), but drivers were mostly courteous. I still saw a couple of dirt paths that I wanted to explore:
And my bottom bracket developed a bit of a clicking sound. I'm hoping that will go away when my bike dries out a little (I realize that's not likely). All in all, though, I had a pretty good time bike commuting today. I felt fitter, happier, and more prepared for the 100 mile Tour de Cure that I'm riding on June 5th. I'm looking forward to a few more bike commutes before then.