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The commute was a little busy today.(24 posts)

The commute was a little busy today.MB1
May 3, 2002 6:37 AM
Today was Bike to Work Day. The DC ride organized by WABA had 2,100 per registered particpants and quite a few more showed up. There was a very large gathering at Freedom Plaza (about a block from the White House). Lots of bagels, juice, Starbucks Java and goodies galore.

Nice weather too. There were all sorts of people there. Men and women in full business suits, bike messengers, racer types, the homeless and just plain folks. We won a nice bike bag in the giveaway drawing.

So what is your lame excuse for not commuting by bike?

Freedom Plaza with the Capital Dome in the background.
re: commute reasonpa rider
May 3, 2002 6:51 AM
I biked commute for 3 years (1995 thru 1997). The reason I stop now was that I ride 5 days a week (15 to 20 hours) and found my body was tired alot more.

I road 5am in the morning and 2:30pm in the afternoon. I would then do my training rides at 4pm until 8pm after getting home. I over trained and bike commuting just gave me an excuse to ride even when I should have rest.

Plus here at penndot they don't have good bike parking areas. I moved into the keystone building and have yet hear where they put the bike racks. I use to commute 900 miles a year, but don't miss it. I walk 1.25 to work now.

That's my reason.

Emory
I'm not fond of arab showers. nmeschelon
May 3, 2002 6:58 AM
2 words-Health Club. nmMB1
May 3, 2002 7:49 AM
Is next week New York's ride week? nmonespeed
May 3, 2002 6:53 AM
My lame excuse: a 40 mile commute each way. (nm)Becky
May 3, 2002 6:54 AM
Ditto, PLUS one lane highway. :( (nm)rideslikeagirl
May 3, 2002 7:05 AM
Just think of the great shape you would be in.MB1
May 3, 2002 7:48 AM
And the wear and tear on the auto, and all those related expenses. You would be the biking Queen of all time.
yeah, but I'd also be road pizza....Becky
May 3, 2002 7:55 AM
I-95 through Delaware and 202 in Pennsylvania are not pretty as far as traffic volume, even at night. I've researched back routes pretty well, but I can't seem to avoid 95 at the beginning and 202 at the end of the commute (short of not going to work, anyway!).
Are you coming to the DC RBR ride?MB1
May 3, 2002 8:01 AM
if so e-mail me franthis@iwon.com
Down stairs and to the right, home office commute is tough (nm)Jekyll
May 3, 2002 7:52 AM
Ditto, but to the left :) - nmJL
May 3, 2002 8:47 AM
I don't got no shower at work. So, although I rode in today, mybill
May 3, 2002 7:01 AM
goal was not to sweat.
With that incentive (not wanting to be offensive in my little office environment), I had no problem letting all KINDS of people pass me. It was liberating. You're fifty, wearing Dockers and a sweathshirt, riding a hybrid bike with panniers? Go right ahead!
It was cool. I love cycling events, pretty much across the board. Won some Cinelli bar tape, myself; picked up TWO t-shirts (one for the wife) two water bottles (hey, they were just handing them out instead of carrying them home), and some sample power/gu something or other.
I came in from Alexandria...Gregory Taylor
May 3, 2002 7:03 AM
...they had a gathering in Market Square in Old Town. Bread from the Great Harvest Bread Company (YUM!!!), coffee, and lots o'stuff.

By the way, I rode in with Miss M yesterday -- we both got hammered by the rain. I was afraid that she would disappear into some of the huge puddles along the Mall.
Normally I never miss it.Miklos
May 3, 2002 7:18 AM
But this week from hell didn't allow any time for cycling. It started at 12:30 Tuesday morning when a mare we bred went into labor. The placenta started coming out with the foal in what is called a "red bag delivery". This immeadiatly cuts off life support for the foal during labor. It took 30 mins of labor, with my wife and I assisting. By then we are covered head to toe in blood. The foal was not breathing so we tried CPR for ten minutes trying to revive it. But it had been almost 25 minutes since the first signs of life during the start of labor. We lost the foal. It took almost eight hours for the vet to finally show up. The mare had been in shock the whole time since the delivery and our frantic calls could not hurry the vet up. When he finally did arrive, he checked out the mare. During his exam, with his and/arm in her uterus, he said that the uterus wall had torn and there was intestines inside the uterus. The mare had to be put down that day. We did not own the mare, we had her on a feed lease. She is owned by my wifes close friend. If you have seen the connection between women and horses then you will understand that I had a full plate the last few days with a grieving wife. Last night (Thursday) we went and looked at a two year old thoroughbred filly for a pasture mate for my wifes other horse. We bought the filly and it is already starting to heal some of my wifes pain. We got home at midnight last night since the horse was 160 miles away. I have to get up at 3:30am to commute from home. I can't do it on 3 hours of sleep after a week of sleepless nights.

Thats my excuse. Since I got into cycling five years ago I've made all the rest and will, God willing, make it next year.

Miklos
geez, don't feel bad about the commutelonefrontranger
May 3, 2002 8:40 AM
My sympathy entirely. What a godawful experience.

Tell your wife she's not alone, it's not her fault, and there's nothing anyone could have done. The only thing that might have had an outside chance of saving either of them would have been an onsite vet and an immediate Caesarian, and even then shock would have most likely done the mare in, much less secondary complications of laminitis, etc... post-surgically. I grew up on a Quarter Horse farm and interned for our large animal vet for 2 summers as a young adult. Over the course of 15 years we lost 2 mares to postpartum torsion colic, which is an evil painful death for the mare (her gut basically ruptures). Both orphaned foals survived, luckily - but they often don't and this is a fairly common phenomenon with older broodmares.
geez, don't feel bad about the commuteMiklos
May 3, 2002 12:28 PM
Thanks for the symapathy and understanding.

I am very mechanically inclined and don't hesitate to rebuild an engine, tune a bicycle or build a tractor implement. But I sure can feel totally helpless when it comes to animals. Yes, grown men do cry.

Thanks,
Miklos
25 Miles each way, no shoulders, crappy drivers (nm)Kristin
May 3, 2002 8:57 AM
Where to where? I might be able to help.Alex-in-Evanston
May 3, 2002 10:26 AM
Alex
Arlington Heights to Downers GroveKristin
May 6, 2002 6:42 AM
Good Luck! I'm not sure that a route is possible from here to there. I can get down to Martingale easy enough by cutting thru Busse Woods and crossing over 355 on the new walkway. That will get me down to about Thorndale with no trouble, but after that the roads get bad I haven't found a way to avoid the busy roads.

I looked into taking the "Salt Creek" path down to the Prarie Path, but no luck...it is an unfinished project. (Funny thing: This path is listed on all the maps, but most of it doesn't exist.) They should install a bike lane along Route 53. What a perfect place for one, but it would be a miracle just to see some potholes repaired on that road.
I was there.djg
May 3, 2002 9:12 AM
I didn't actually register (just like I didn't register to ride to work any other day this week) but I was sure glad for the free bagel and t-shirts. Nice crowd.
re: The commute was a little busy today.raboboy
May 3, 2002 9:59 AM
I have many excuses.
No beater.
20 Miles.
Bad roads (boston).
Bad Drivers (they don't call us MAssholes for nuthin').
I sweat... a lot, really... a lot.
No shower at work.

In the end, yeah, they are just excuses, but i'd rather save my riding for before or after when it is more enjoyable for me. I'm happy with public transportation to get to work.
daycare...Wannabe
May 3, 2002 11:00 AM
No, not for me, my son!

Daycare is only open from 6:30am to 6pm. If I were to bike commute, I'd have a hard time getting to the daycare/work on time...

Andy
lame excuse is-I can't find a damn job to commute to (nm)wsexson
May 3, 2002 8:03 PM