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The Reluctant Ride

I wasn’t really feeling like biking to work this week. In fact, Tuesday night I was secretly hoping it would rain on Wednesday so I could push the ride to Thursday. I don’t know why I wasn’t feeling like it, but Wednesday morning I still didn’t really want to ride. I did it anyway. I knew I’d feel better if I did it, plus I have to take advantage of what little sunshine we have right now. Plus I really have to prepare for the Gorge Ride. It’s not far away and I am no where NEAR ready to do 40 miles of hills!

I left my extra jacket in the car and it was pretty cold when I started out on the bike. I warmed up quickly though, so that was good. I rode passed the above church. Not religious but I love old fashioned churches. It’s so cute!

The trail was a ghost town Wednesday morning. There were very few runners and cyclists out there with me. One guy rode by me and said Good Morning, which was nice. Since Michael wasn’t riding to work Wednesday (he did on Tuesday), he lent me his winter cycling gloves. They were REALLY nice! My hands weren’t cold at all.

The Hawthorne Bridge was pleasant and uncrowded as well. I had a lovely ride despite my reluctance!

I arrived at work in only 30 minutes and it took me about 5 minutes to lock my bike up.

Morning Commute:
Time: 35 minutes
Calories Burned: 245
Mileage: 5.7

Afternoon Commute:

Once again I took the Morrison Bridge out of downtown and went up Water Avenue, passed OMSI and onto the Springwater Trail.

There’s a lot of construction around where I ride right now. There’s also a lot of big scary construction trucks and weird detours. I’m being a lot more cautious because a few times I’ve wondered if those guys in the trucks can see the cyclists.

The ride home was hard. It was especially warm out, my back hurt, my backpack was heavy, my bike shorts don’t have great padding, and my legs felt like lead. Not only that, I almost got CREAMED by a jerky cyclist that decided he was in too much of a hurry to respect common courtesy. Ugh. It’s jerks like that that give cyclists a bad name. He came “THIS CLOSE” to plowing into me head first. Ugh.

I arrived back to the car in Sellwood after a ride in the sunshine. At least I had that! I’m glad I rode even though the ride home was brutal.

Afternoon Commute:
Time: 27 minutes
Calories Burned:  227
Mileage: 5.7

When I got home I had a snack of CRACK IN A CAN.

Seriously. This stuff is addicting. I think I chowed down two servings before heading outside to work in the yard. Michael and I spent a good hour and a half in the garden and then made dinner.

Dinner was baked acorn squash, steamed cauliflower with Goddess Dressing and pork chops. It was healthy and filling.

I collapsed into bed last night and fell asleep INSTANTLY–which never happens to me. I slept like a rock, completely exhausted.

QUESTION: Is your city a safe city? Do you feel safe running or cycling alone? What safety measures do you take?


Seen From the Bike

Tuesday I commuted to work again by bike! I got a little bit of a later start, running about 10 minutes behind but it didn’t end up effecting when I arrived at work too much.

The weather Tuesday morning was “iffy”. It was overcast but warmer than last week. It was that weird in-between temperature where it’s too cold to NOT wear warm gear, but a little too warm to wear it. I was pretty warm and sweaty as a result.

I parked in Sellwood and set out on the bike. The Springwater Trail was much quieter than last week as well.

I only stopped twice to take some photos along the way. My time was much faster and my ride was a lot easier too.

There was a Detour for part of the Trail because of construction. I had to go down Water Avenue, passed OMSI, instead of around it on the trail. Then I picked up the trail again and got ready to cross the Hawthorne Bridge.

Hawthorne Bridge

The Hawthorne Bridge is the scariest part of the commute honestly. There’s TONS of cyclists, runners, walkers, people with strollers, homeless people with carts…it’s completely chaotic and a lot of the cyclists are total assholes–trying to go super fast and pass people when there’s just not enough room. It’s probably the worst part of my commute.


I rode up the Westside Esplanade and then turned off the trail and onto downtown streets. Luckily there’s only a few blocks that I have to go and there are bike lanes. The bike lanes in downtown Portland are a little weird: they are often in the center of the street with cars on both sides. Plus there’s neon green paint on it.

I arrived at work in less time than last week.

Morning Stats:

Time: 35 min

Calories Burned: 273

Miles Biked: 5.7

I felt really good about my second attempt!


The afternoon was sunny and lovely. I decided to learn from last week’s commute home and leave all my warm gear at the office to get the next day. The less I have to carry the better!

I discovered a new way to get home. I rode over the Morrison Bridge just like last week but this time, instead of going down the ramp onto the East Esplanade trail, I just continued on the bridge.

On the other side of the Morrison I reached Water Avenue–which has wide bike lanes. I took the bike lanes passed OMSI and all the way to the Springwater Trail, avoiding the crowds. I might try this route in the morning too to avoid the Hawthorne Bridge completely.

The weather was PERFECT. I was glad I left all my warm clothes at the office. I rode along, feeling great.

Hot and Sweaty! I got back to the car in no time and packed everything up to go home.


Afternoon Stats:

Time: 31 min

Calories Burned: 247

Miles Biked: 5.7

I’m surprised that the ride home is always faster and easier. On the way home I scouted out other routes I could take, parking further away. Michael commented that he felt a difference yesterday on the bike compared to last week. He attributes that to being 6 pounds lighter. Way to go!

Exercise Totals:

Miles Biked:  11.4

Calories Burned:  520

When I got home, Michael and I spent the next few hours working in the garden. We lined the sides of the raised beds, mixed the new and old soil and pulled weeds. We worked until 8pm! I think we’ll be planting a little bit this weekend!

QUESTION: What should we plant in our gardens?