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So today as I was riding to work, the sky was totally clear, the air cool, and I was feeling particularly in the zone on my bike. I couldn't force myself to get off the freeway at my normal exit because the riding was just so pleasant. I took a slight scenic route to the office, which came to a depressing end as I pulled into the parking lot. Now I am looking out the window and seeing that the flag flying at a nearby car dealership is hanging completely motionless outside. The sky is still totally clear, and I am just imagining what it would be like riding up one the canyons east of the city (which I have a particularly good view of from my office!) What am I doing here at work?!!!!
 

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Beautiful day here in PA.

The mailman just came. As soon as the bookkeeper opens the mail and writes up the bank deposit, I think I'm 'gonna take the deposit to the bank.

The bank is five blocks away. Should be at least a two hour ride there and back, right?

(One of the only advantages of owning your own business...)

- Tom
 

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It is exactly why I am quitting my job in about 4 weeks to go back into academics. I'll have three or four years while I am working on my Ph.D that my schedule will be flexible and I will be able to take advantage of days like today. Most college faculty have a pretty flexible schedule as well, so I am hopeful that I will be able to take advantage of days like today for years to come...Here's to hoping!
 

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So today as I was riding to work, the sky was totally clear, the air cool, and I was feeling particularly in the zone on my bike. I couldn't force myself to get off the freeway at my normal exit because the riding was just so pleasant. I took a slight scenic route to the office, which came to a depressing end as I pulled into the parking lot. Now I am looking out the window and seeing that the flag flying at a nearby car dealership is hanging completely motionless outside. The sky is still totally clear, and I am just imagining what it would be like riding up one the canyons east of the city (which I have a particularly good view of from my office!) What am I doing here at work?!!!!

Chukchi,

H'mmm, my morning started out very similarly. When I put the garage door up, I heard the birds just singing away in the morning air. Knew it was gonna be a great ride into work and it was. Got a bit of an early start to avoid all the folks that wait until the last minute then drive way beyond their means and abilities to get to work.

Salt Lake City has some nice views. I was out there several years ago working downtown on one of our customer's switching systems. The mountains are always in view. There looked to be a lot of great riding around that area.

One day I'll get a chance to come back and ride it this time!
 

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Yep, the best thing about Salt Lake City is that it doesn't take long to get out of Salt Lake City. I can be on the ski hill in 20 minutes, or on a twisty canyon road in about three minutes. It doesn't suck too bad. 8)

....except when you are stuck in the office without an excuse to go do some field work.


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Hate me now, or hate me later, but it's gorgeous here in NC and I'm going for a ride!! :p

Laaaaaaater!

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Well - it was gorgeous in UK today. I rode 20 miles to work, parked for free in a secure car park, and rode 30 miles home. Between 9 and 5 I - err - well I read the internet. If the bosses are reading - I did some really good work. And if they are not....
 

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I love this site. I've gotten a lot of very useful info from all who have replied. I am alway's........lets say, "awed" by the diversity and veriety of the folks who post and reply here. I especially enjoy reading threads from our brothers and sisters across the big pond. Probably because I've never been out of New England (with the exception of the military). I am a very simple person and I lead a very simple life up here in northern New Hampshire. Yet, strangley, I feel like we are all on the same......level? I am not a professional business person. I don't work in an office let alone a city. My commute to work consists of a thirty four mile round trip in the beautifull White Mountains each day. I work outside, everyday. I plow snow all winter and spend the summer fixing the roads for the upcoming winter again. I'm proud to be a part of something with such a wide veriety of people. My hats off to all of you. Ride safe, and Cheers. Pink.
 

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Well yesterday turned out to be a bit more of a ride than normal. I was scheduled to work last weekend teaching MSF classes, but due to a hiccup, I had the weekend off. If you read the rides section, you will see how I spent my downtime. Since I am working again this weekend at a different school location, I had to run across town before heading home so I could pick up my personal gear.

On the way over, I encounted something I've never see before. The roadway was very heavily banked. The traffic was slowing down, almost to a stop. I started looking at the roadway and thinking, "It's going to be a long way down to put my left leg when I bring this bike to a stop!" I was lucky enough to not have to stop, but that incident made me think that it is very clear that highway engineers DO NOT consider folks riding motorcycles.

Yesterday was a 150 mile commute, up from the typical 98 mile commute. I dodged rain showers all afternoon and into the evening. I saw rain falling in the distance, but changed my route enough to evade it. There is a lot of localized showers here in Florida, you just have to learn how to ride around them.

This morning was a glorious day to ride. Temps in the low to mid 70's, sun shining, blue skies, birds singing and I got an earlier than normal start, so the traffic was even lighter than normal this morning. I've found some "shortcuts" on my daily commute that add some turns into my ride to keep it enjoyable. Remembering that Florida is the land of 11 turns in 318 miles makes it that much better when I can put one of the curviest roads into my travel to and from work each day.

Y'all have a great day, a wonderful weekend and ride safe!
 

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Pink said:
I especially enjoy reading threads from our brothers and sisters across the big pond...
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I am a very simple person and I lead a very simple life...
Pink, I am very impressed by your post and not because of your reference to folks outside North America.
I tell you something: You wrote you are a very simple person.
But you draw much clearer, you write with better grammar than some of your US or Canadian fellow. :roll:

Riding a bike does not mean you are rich or have a good job. Working in offices sometimes worse than out in the field. When riding on the road nobody see your certificates or your bank account. You are just an other RIDER. So do not care about these things just enjoy your bike and our community.
 

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Pink said:
I especially enjoy reading threads from our brothers and sisters across the big pond...
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I am a very simple person and I lead a very simple life...
Pink, I am very impressed by your post and not because of your reference to folks outside North America.
I tell you something: You wrote you are a very simple person.
But you draw much clearer, you write with better grammar than some of your US or Canadian fellow. :roll:

Riding a bike does not mean you are rich or have a good job. Working in offices sometimes worse than out in the field. When riding on the road nobody see your certificates or your bank account. You are just an other RIDER. So do not care about these things just enjoy your bike and our community.


Balazs,

I only hope that they see me as a rider and not as a "Biker". Things are much different here in the states. Most folks here ride a bike as a status symbol, NOT as a means of transportation. Unofficially, it's known as "Cruiserville, USA" to those that are motorcyclists.

In the state I live in, Florida, we have two of the larger "Bike Fests" in our country - Bike Week and Biketoberfest, both held in Daytona Beach each year. I can say that out of the almost 300,000 motorcycles that show up for the event, there might be 1000 motorcycles that are neither cruisers or sportbikes.

The motorcycle is a form of a "recereational vehicle" here, not a form of transportation like it is around the world. I hope that one day that changes!
 

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Riding a bike does not mean you are rich or have a good job. Working in offices sometimes worse than out in the field. When riding on the road nobody see your certificates or your bank account. You are just an other RIDER. So do not care about these things just enjoy your bike and our community.
Thats a sentiment I'd wholeheartedly endorse. In fact on of the great things is having a common pastime with people from all walks of life. And I love the anonimity the helmet gives.

And Pink
I work outside, everyday. I plow snow all winter and spend the summer fixing the roads for the upcoming winter again.
You and others do a fine job there. My contribution to society of running cables up and down buildings pales into insignificance.
 

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Pink, have you figured out how to lean a snowplow into a curve ?
 

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LOL, When I do, you guy's will be the first to know. Ride safe, Pink.
 

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Chukchi said:
What am I doing here at work?!!!!
You need to tell the boss that you have "eye problems" and need to go home sick.

Translation: You can't see staying at work today!
 
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