Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Doing my part for the environment...

I care about the environment and I definitely believe in global warming, but I'm by no means an environmentalist. In fact, Brooke and I continually get lectured regarding our consumption of bottled water and our unwillingness to walk anywhere. Basically, it comes down to laziness. We recycle because it's easy and convenient, but then we use mostly paper plates and cups at home because it's easy and convenient.

Being lazy, it's was a surprise to even myself that I should feel compelled to start biking the 13-mile journey to work. I don't mind so much the physical act of biking, instead I hate having to wake up an hour earlier in order to make it to work on time.

Despite the laziness, I finally acted on the urge to bike and purchased new shoes to fit on Brooke's bike. I waited for the weather in SB to cool down and today, for the first time, I biked to work! And it felt great!

Here are some stats and maps from today's ride. (the ride home was 4.75 miles longer because I chose to take the long way, riding over the Mesa and then riding to a machine shop to pick up parts for work)

Biking to work definitely requires some nighttime planning. I had to make a checklist, then gather everything together. Here are my things to pack for tomorrow's ride:
Work clothes (pants , shirt, underwear, belt, shoes, socks),
Keys, Cellphone, Watch, GPS watch, Sunglasses, Towel,
Sandals (to wear while changing in the dirty work bathrooms),
Bike tools, Machined parts for work, plus all my biking attire (not shown).

I don't know how many days per week I'll be biking, maybe just one or two. But every little bit helps, right?

1 comment:

Brooke said...

I have to disagree with one point, the unwillingness to walk anywhere. That is all Van, I love to walk. I always want to walk someplace instead of driving.