I figured that it’s about time for me to post an update on this crazy bike commuting that I’ve been doing for about six weeks now. On one hand, I can’t believe it’s been six weeks. On the other, it seems like I’ve been doing it forever. If you have no idea what the heck I’m talking about, you can bring yourself up to speed by reading this.

The good news: I have enjoyed the scenery, the sounds, and even some of the smells. I have discovered the joys of riding with an actual cadence. I have committed myself to doing this and have allowed only rain and a 1:30 a.m. arrival home from Boy Scout camp the night before to justify driving instead of biking on a planned bike day. I have saved money on gas. I have learned to pack lightly. I have made it possible for the 16-year-old to drive himself to Lacrosse practice and, this week, drive his brother to HIS new Lacrosse camp (I knew it was only a matter of time before the younger one would become interested!). I keep hearing that Americans are finding other ways to get around, which makes demand for gasoline go down, and the prices are creeping a little lower. I’m feel fine taking a *wee* bit of credit for that (miniscule, really), and I hope that I have inspired a person or two to use their car a little less as well. I have commuted approximately 260 miles at this point. In my freakishly approximate calculations, that means that I have ridden:

*To my sister’s home and back, seven times
*To Melissa’s home and back, 2 1/2 times
*1/3 of the way to Nukedad’s home
*A little more than 1/3 of the way to Soapbox Mom’s home
*A little less than 1/4 of the way to Andie’s home
*1/4 of the way to Sue’s home
*1/6 of the way to Siobhan’s home
*1/17 of the way to Kat’s home
*1/36 of the way to Katie’s home

The “bad” news: Rain has deterred me from riding on a few days. My lunches with Caroline suffer from “Boring” on the days when I have to bring lunch for two in a bike bag with all of my clothing and other supplies. I have hit a rough point recently, because I have temporarily added 5-6 extra group fitness classes per week (teaching, that is) due to my friend who has had to have a knee scoped, and another instructor who is on vacation. My body is starting to feel fried and I have two weeks (at least) of subbing at this pace. I am the only person in the entire world who can do all of this and NOT LOSE ANY WEIGHT. Although I am definitely toning up more and I haven’t taken new measurements to see how the inches are going, I need to tackle my eating habits and make adjustments. There’s probably more “bad” news, but I don’t want to dwell on the “badness” (and I have to, of course, leave to teach a class in a few minutes!).

Good AND “Bad” news: We ended up not joining the pool in our town. Good thing too, because this has not only been a very mild summer, but we’ve been really busy and probably wouldn’t have used it more than two or three times, making that $250 membership fee a HUGE waste. So I did not get to bike ride to the pool a few times per week with the boys, saving us a ton of gas money, but we also saved the $250.

Enjoy some of the sights I see on my commute:

HOME, the best stop on my commute!