A New Route

I vowed to bike to work on Thursday–rain or not. Enough of this stalling! I woke up on Thursday and saw that it was overcast but dry so I happily got ready to ride. I had a new route I wanted to try too. It would make my commute longer, which is what I need.


I parked Michael’s car at a nearby Park N’ Ride. It would give me about an extra mile or two to my commute. There was a sign that said “Transit Parking Only” but I think I should be ok. I was literally parking and riding right? I set off on the bike on the side street next to the highway that looped around to the busy highway. It connected to a trail that led up to the Springwater Trail.


This is a new route for me and I nervously hoped it wouldn’t add too much time to my ride and make me late to work (it didn’t). I was also pretty excited to be able to ride further. I bike across the highway on the Springwater.


I biked through Sellwood and connected back to the Springwater using the new street to avoid SE Tacoma. It worked great! I think the gloomy weather scared off the rest of the bikers because the trail was empty. I breezed along the waterfront toward downtown and then came to a screeching halt. I saw this:


A deer! The little guy and I stared at each other for a long time. He wasn’t scared of me at all and I took some pictures before he scampered back into the trees. Some runners went by and told me that he’d jumped over the fence earlier.


I biked along the Esplanade to the Hawthorne Bridge and crossed over to the west side of the river. The rest of the ride was uneventful and I arrived at work without being rained on.


Morning Commute Stats:

Time: 39 minutes
Calories Burned:  334
Distance: 7.52 miles


I was so happy to be back on the bike! I have Friday off from work so I’m thinking I might bike to the gym to go swimming. We’ll see if that plan works out. 🙂

QUESTION: What critters do you see out when you are biking, hiking or running?

Author: Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and Glamour.com.

5 thoughts on “A New Route”

  1. nice ride! And how cool to see a deer!

    We see a lot of different critters. Deer, ducks, a bazillion chipmunks which seem to have death wishes.
    One day a fox was sitting at the edge of the water, which was pretty neat – although I wondered if he might be rabid. We have had 2 rabid foxes in the area this year.

  2. I see squirrels flattened by drivers going too fast for the residential neighborhood.

    I saw a rat once by the golf course. That freaked me out and I really sped up.

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