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14 April 2011 @ 11:04 pm
I have the song to Zeroman stuck in my head now. Seven episodes will do that to you...

Just a few more days until Disneyland. Right now, I'm mainly focused on that godawful 8-hour drive. It occurred to me only two days ago that we will not be able to return home starting late Thursday afternoon (as planned), because there is no way we will ever make it out of the L.A. area across 3pm-7pm on a workday. I'll have to make backup plans for a midpoint motel.

Star Tours AND Splash Mountain will both be closed. *cries* Those are two of my favorites! OTOH, it looks as if New Orleans Square still has both salmon and gumbo available. I'll be dithering over those two choices, right along with Christopher.

Today, I biked on a route I rode a month ago. Looks like I'll be fighting recurring amnesia about the actual details—the pavement was worse (more patched, more hilly, and bumpier) than I remembered from the last time. It's pretty tiring, and because it's a big 25.5-mile loop, you can't really bail out along the way. :0

Speaking of amnesia... I'm starting to think about bicycle-commuting to work again, one day a week. I drove home via an alternate route today, to see if the one stretch of pavement where I'd like to bike has been improved yet. Nope. I've been at this job 18 years come June, and the city still hasn't cleaned up that 1/2-mile section of road. Really, making it just 4 inches wider and repaving it (to remove the sinkholes and cracks and other hazards) is all it would take. There's a "Share the road" sign with a bike on it now, but that doesn't help much. When you need to come over from the shoulder because of the pavement, drivers don't understand that—they can't see the mess you're trying to avoid.

Eventually, I'll remember that the commute takes 90-minutes each way (I can only speed up so much between all the stop signs and lights), and requires a shower after each direction. But until then, I might get a few weeks of commuting in first...

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cindytsuki_no_bara on April 15th, 2011 05:07 pm (UTC)
if you commute by bike to work, it will take you NINETY MINUTES to get there? you can tell i'm clearly not a biker because my first reaction is WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT?? especially if you'll need a shower by the time you get to work.

i have a lot of respect for you doing a twenty-five mile loop, tho.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: heh-hehhalfshellvenus on April 15th, 2011 05:12 pm (UTC)
I know, it sounds insane, doesn't it? !?!?!?

But there's a tradeoff: 35+35 minutes commute by car, plus nearly 2 hours of biking for exercise at lunch, also takes about 3 hours in total.

Though the shower does add a little time, but I'd be doing one of those anyway for the lunchtime exercise thingy.

Eventually, the frustration gets to me. As in, OMG, why can I not make this route shorter? Or faster?.

That and the fact that the return home tends to be blazing hot, and usually has a slight headwind.

The ride IN, though, is really nice.

But yeah, it already looks like complete insanity, doesn't it? :0

cindytsuki_no_bara on April 15th, 2011 07:00 pm (UTC)
it's too bad you can't bike TO work and have someone bring you and your bike home....
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 15th, 2011 07:45 pm (UTC)
:D That would be even harder to coordinate, but also... not a long enough ride.

I usually aim for 23-28 miles on my riding days, and 17.5 - 18 is kind of short. Slowwww, but short.
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on April 15th, 2011 11:32 pm (UTC)
treat it as a sprint and get a foldy bike. I want a Brompton soooo baaaaaad
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on April 15th, 2011 09:28 pm (UTC)
America is not very cycle friendly is it?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 15th, 2011 11:11 pm (UTC)
:( Typically, not.

Some places are great-- Eugene has been since I was in college there, and Portland has taken huge leaps forward in the last 5 years.

Some parts of my current area are good, but you really need safe pavement, and I like either room (a bike lane or shoulder) or enough space to be seen.

What about Scotland, though? Outside, of the cities, I mean. Because trying to drive on those narrow roads is scary enough. Though bikes are a lot smaller than cars. :)
Princess Robot Bubblegum!: dyson magical healing cockastrothsknot on April 15th, 2011 11:28 pm (UTC)
It's really good, even in cities - we can use bus lanes and we have cycle lanes. That's not to say it isn't hairy - you have to ride really agressively and watch for lorries because they often don't see you and need so much room to turn. I read in Zest that 89% of cycling fatalities were women killed by lorries in cities. It's something to do with women being too cautious - men are less likely to be injured because they ride aggressively. I like breathing.

Outside of cities, it's even better, drivers give you a wide berth, there's dedicated cycle lanes on old country paths and things, there's a real effort to improve the facilities for cyclists (sustrans)

the roads are full of holes right now because of two harsh winters wrecking them and not enough money to fix them, which is why i prefer my mountain bike for both city and country cycling.

The only drivers who annoy me are women with kids in the back. they're psychos. Driving right up your arse, and right in front of you or right up the side of you shouting. (you're supposed to give a metre between you and a bike)

Even cars with boys in them being smart arses give me my metre as they pass. They might shout something stupid, which I can never make out because they're passing me at speed, but they don't do anything dangerous.

I have only twice had problem with male drivers in 26 years on a bike. Mothers in a car? Every fucking time.