I've had an unusual amount of company on my commutes, these past few days.
Last Thursday, I rode with Rodney and Neal, following their commute down the South Platte. I got off at Evans and came down Iliff
to my house. Turned my 9 mile commute home into 17.5.
Monday, Rodney rode to my my house with me, then continued on down Iliff
, and eventually to the Bear Creek Trail
and to his house. It's about the same distance for him, either way.
Today, I met Steve at Cherry Street, where it crosses the creek, and he rode in with me. Then, we rode together on the way home, until we crossed the creek and he headed east to his house, as I continued south.
It's amazing how much faster the ride goes when you have someone to talk to. I'd say it cuts the "perceived distance" travelled by about a third.
I have been put in charge of the Bike To Work Day festivities
at our building, so I am even more of "the bike guy" than before. Oddly, just putting up some fliers and sending out an email about actually having some activities at our building has increased the interest level by a great deal.
We are technically part of HQ, but HQ is 7 miles away from us. So, we are pretty much left out on the HQ BTWD
breakfast, and whatnot. I approached the Big Boss, and volunteered to be in charge of getting something going, if he wanted me to, and he was hip to it.
I think people are excited to just be included, this year.