A first timer's journal

Bicycle CommutingRon Seely writes for the Wisconsin State Journal and recently took on a challenge to ditch his SUV and ride his bike to work.

It’s a really interesting read as Seely stays honest about how it went, how much he enjoyed it and the few times he grabbed for his keys:

Then, in the early afternoon, [my wife] makes a fatal error. She suggests that we have steaks for supper. Smitten, I am out the door, into my truck and nosing around the meat counter at Copps before I even realize I have broken my vow. I feel terrible. I pick out two huge T-bones and slink home.

And towards the end of the article is my favorite:

Technically, the no-car experiment is over. But I can’t bring myself to drive. And, besides, I truly enjoy the bike ride. I have been surprised by the ease with which I have been able to incorporate bicycle commuting into my life. Believe me, I am mostly a big earthbound lug who should serve as startling evidence that anybody can do this.

Click over and have a read. It’s very inspiring and worth passing on to your friends.

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8 thoughts on “A first timer's journal”

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  2. SuperCommuter says:

    Today was my First Official Commute By Bicycle! I have been practicing my route for about a month now (I hadn’t been on a bike since I was a teenager prior to this). I was beaming the whole way! It went exactly as planned.

    I have a 2007 Schwinn LeTour, decked out with lights (I look like a UFO at night), a rear-trunk with fold down panniers, commuter’s backpack, fenders – the whole shibang.

    It takes me 30-35 minutes to ride the 7.7 miles to work. It takes me 25-30 minutes in my car (on my regular route, not the bike route, which would be longer!) What a deal! I get to have two workouts 5 days a week, spend less money, help lower my carbon footprint, and it’s so much fun!

    I get such a feeling of empowerment and freedom from being on my bike. I know I’ve never smiled like that while in my car.

    My new goal is to convert someone here at work. It’s going to be tough – everyone in my office thinks I’m crazy. Not only for riding the bike, but for keeping it in my cube as well! Ha!

  3. Diana says:

    In the house, she found strange people surrounding a queen. She was the Queen of Hearts. The rabbit was also there. When he saw Alice there, he was alarmed.

  4. Max says:

    Thanks for notes, I’ll follow your link.

  5. marella says:

    that’s very interesting. Thank you!

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  7. It is really enjoyable to ride motor bike.

  8. Press says:

    I’ve tried it – it’s amazing!

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