Sunday, July 01, 2012

Seven ways to work

June was a busy month for me, but I didn't want to miss out on too many early summer days in Portland. I decided to try to ride 10 different routes to campus during the month. My usual route is an embarrassingly idyllic 6 miles, mostly along the Springwater trail that parallels the Willamette River. At the end of the month, I've tallied 7 different routes into downtown, the most challenging being the 10 mile, 1000 ft climb via Council Crest. I think I exhausted my options without including either major detours or trivially minor ones.

All the routes were pleasant rides on nice days--good reminders of just how good many cyclers have it here in PDX. I remembered how much I enjoy climbing through Riverview Cemetary. Terwilliger is always a treat. The new cycle track in South Waterfront is a real improvement, too. We'll see if I keep mixing things up, at least until the rains return and lead me to the comfort of familiar routes.

Where are you, and how many different routes do you all take to work? Does it vary by season?