The most obvious solution is that I can ride my bike to work. My workplace is about 15 miles away from my home. On a good day, my drive is a little bit over half an hour. With normal "rush-hour" traffic it can take 45 minutes. I should be able to bike it on my trusty hybrid in a little over an hour.
The Denver area is blessed with a pretty decent network of bike paths, and it is completely possible to get to my workplace without spending more than a few minutes on roads without bike lanes. The company that I work for recently moved buildings, and the new building has a little shower area / locker room. This development had made me promise myself I would ride my bike to work more this year. This little car challenge made me think that I might as well start now.
|Sun not quite up yet|
Mother Nature helped out by dumping snow on the Denver Metro area Monday night into Tuesday Morning. Luckily, spring snow melts quickly in sunny front-range Colorado, and although we still had snow on grassy areas, all the roads were free of snow and dry by Tuesday evening.
Early Wednesday morning, I dressed in warm (but not too heavy) clothes and packed up my backpack and bike paniers. I started down the road a few minutes before sun-up.
|Little stream I cross over|
At the last minute Wednesday morning I decided to print out the directions "just in case". As it turns out, I was very glad I had them. For the most everything made sense. There were a couple spots where I had to re-check road names on my printed directions.
|View West from office building|
I had such a good time riding to work, that I decided to do it again Thursday even though my wife told me I could have the car.
I plan on riding to work quite a bit going forward. I am glad that this little incident with the mini-van forced me to it this week. An added bonus is that I explored some bike paths that I had not been on before, and I came across some good spots to target for family bike rides.
Even so, I am glad we will have the mini-van back soon.