Saturday, October 4, 2014
Trying to get under an hour
Well, my bike commute down from my house is actually pretty easy, since it is mostly downhill. However, I have been trying to find a route back up the mountain that will take me less than an hour. That is proving to be difficult. During my last attempt to ride home in under an hour, I took what I thought would be a shortcut near my home at the top of the mountain. I was walking up a deer trail which, on Google Maps, looked like it would provide a quicker route to my home. However, the deer trail eventually disappeared into a shrub oak forest. I tried to walk around the forest and found that the ground was getting wetter and wetter because there was a marsh to my right. In the meantime, it was getting darker. I considered turning around and going back to the regular trail. I also worried about stepping on a snake since I was now well off the main trail and it was too dark to see anything. I finally encountered a hole in the forest and kept walking until I got to my destination, which was a neighborhood not far from my house. From there, I got back onto the road, but, I had to face the cyclist's most dangerous nemesis, the automobile. I was especially nervous riding at this time because it was now completely dark. However, I tied my flexible headlight onto the back of my helmet and turned it on flash mode, so that no car would hit me. I made it home safely but my wife was not very happy about how late I was. How is it that what looks so good on Google Maps can be so impracticable in real life?