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?


Blogger 54 canoe said...

I'm a handful of blocks up the hill from Reed College and am a stay-home dad. My "route to work" is more like routes to various parks, grocery stores, the library, that sort of thing. I do intentionally vary my routes. Sometimes it's a major shift... like heading north on 41st, 28th or through Sellwood to the Springwater. But other times it's little variations that are only a block or 2 off. Sometimes it pays off with a quicker route or a cool find (I stumbled upon Sherrett Square by accident) but more often it's just an interesting side route.

1:34 AM  
Anonymous Dan said...

West Lafayette, IN

I tend to ride the same route in to work every time, but I have several options for the ride home - depending on the amount of time I have.

12:35 PM  

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