Saturday, November 22, 2008

Riding the Redline...


5:20 AM, temperature 33 degrees....
Hi, All
This past week, I enjoyed three days of commuting on the new Redline 925. The weather is very mild and dry for this time of year, so I am able to keep commuting.
Come along for a ride with me, will you? The commuting day starts at 4:30 AM, with a quick daily routine of breakfast and putting on some layers. Then, out the door at 5:10, turn on the bike lights, and down the hill to the train station. It is a quick ride, just a mile and a half. I almost never see any other bikes, although lately, I have seen a few joggers along the way. It’s chilly, but not cold, about 32-33 degrees. Then, it’s the short wait for the train. The train ride is quiet, good time for a quick doze or some reading.
Note the red Peugeot...
As the train comes through the depot, I head downstairs, get my hat and gloves, say hello to my friend who rides the red Peugeot. We are amongst the last hangers-on of the bike-commuting crowd as the chilly mornings and falling gas prices have reduced the bike population on the train.
My friend, the Peugeot rider, always dozing...
The ride to the ARTCC is about 15-17 minutes, and perfectly flat. I get to work with just enough time to be able to change clothes, stow my gear and head to the control room.
A nice view of the Utah State Capital...
At the end of my shift it’s a bit of a scramble, as I get relieved around 2:30, scamper to the office, get my stuff, change clothes, and get out the door. The train is at 2:55 so I can’t absorb much delay.
Riding to the platform...
Lately the afternoon ride has been lovely. The sun is out, and it’s so nice to get some wind in my face and relax from the day.
The view out my window...
The only risk is getting trapped on the wrong side of the freight tracks, and missing the 2:55. Of course that’s not a bad thing, as if I miss my train I can go one block and spend half an hour at the Gateway Plaza, and window shop! On the train heading north, it’s time for reading and enjoying the scenery.
The day is ending, sunset around 4:30...
Back in Layton at 3:30, it’s a quick ride back up the hill, get the mail, park the bike, give some love to the dogs, and enjoy a cool drink. The eleven hour commute and workday is done, and I can lay out all my gear for the next great adventure.
I wonder how much longer I can ride before the snow comes?
Jim

5 comments:

flyinut said...

Interesting blog. I worked as a contractor (DISC) at ZLC from the end of 1990 until then end of 1997. Sometimes I miss it, but I don't miss the fed red tape!

Mark W. Dickey - KHYS

Lynn said...

Love the first picture!!

Princess Pat from Zardonia said...

Jim,
I loved all of them! Thanks for taking us "along for the ride". I guess I need to be grateful that I have a short commute in a heated automobile with my coworker Ms. G. We have conversation and comfort.
Indeed, Life is Good. Your Sis.

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