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My winter commute....(5 posts)

My winter commute....BowWow
Nov 7, 2003 10:19 PM
OK, I live in a small town in the southwest corner of Alberta, population about 3,000. Here's my commute...

Out the front door, down the steps, hang a quick left at the sidewalk. On a nice day I'll drop down the driveway onto the street. Oh, that's our "BMW" parked in the snow that's plowed semi-close to the curb... ;-P !!!

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Today I'll head up the sidewalk - it's a bit smoother and a heck of a lot less icy than the street! Besides, I'm hangin' a left at the corner a half-block up the street...

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I've rounded the corner and headed south on Third Street West. My FS MTB was a LOT better at this commute! I sure regret that sale now. Perched on top of a road bike riding through loose snow on top of very bumpy and icy snowpack gets pretty dicy! Oh, I'm heading straight through the intersection you can see up ahead...

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Here's the intersection. Things always get interesting here. Ruts in the soft, with ruts under the soft. When its really busy in the summer I have to circle once, maybe twice at this intersection waiting for a break in the traffic. In these conditions I just stop and wait... Oh, the shiny part is glare ice - there is NO traction here - ya end up on yer back REAL quick!

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Just across the intersection on your right - This is where I work! We're almost there!

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The final climb on the trip: up the driveway. It's the steepest part of the ride, and trecherous when icy!

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And into the "parkade." We're here!


Well, that's my daily commute. A half block west, a block and a half south, up the driveway about 50 yards and I'm there! Going home I don't even pedal once. A good pushoff and I'm home!

Sigh. I don't even get to shower when I get to work! :-(

I miss this ride maybe 10 days a year, all due to the weather. Last year I only missed three days!

Cheers!

Steve

Guess it's my summer commute, too! Just greener...BowWow
Nov 7, 2003 10:25 PM
Greener in the summer, I mean... Oh, there's pix in that post, too!BowWow
Nov 7, 2003 10:36 PM
Dang! It's late, and I'm waiting up for my 12 year old to get home from babysitting, and my brains are dripping out my ears... I guess that's why I'm replying to my own post! Sorry, all!
re: My winter commute....janzen
Nov 8, 2003 8:37 AM
Cardston is clearly in Alberta's snowbelt! Get studs or dodge the icy stretches. Have you checked out www.icebike.com?
re: My winter commute....frozentwin
Nov 8, 2003 8:56 AM
I feel your pain