When our two oldest kids are home from college the Wikert family has 4 drivers and 3 vehicles. Actually, ever since I bought that truck off craigslist we're up to 4 vehicles, but who wants to drive a gas-guzzling truck these days?! To help solve the problem I made a decision in May to ride a bike to and from work as much as possible this summer. It's about a 4.5 mile ride each way and I've been at it for 6 weeks now. My plan is to bike through the end of August. I also figured it would help save money/gas, but then I did the math and determined that over the course of the entire summer I'll save about one tank's worth...not exactly life-changing. Nevertheless, it's been a great experience so far and I feel like I'm working muscles I haven't used since the Nixon, Ford and Carter administrations.
The biking thing is even more enjoyable on the weekends. We live about 5 miles or so from a fairly new Borders concept store and I decided to bike over to it yesterday. I'm happy to report that store traffic seems to have picked up over the past couple of weeks, probably because the outdoor mall it's part of has more stores opening every month. There were at least a couple dozen customers browsing the store around noon yesterday. Now that I have a Kindle I have to admit that I have a hard time considering print book purchases. I found a couple of titles in the store that I was interested in, but I simply noted them for future possible Kindle consideration instead. I guess when you spend $359 on an e-reader you feel the need to justify your investment with e-books only...at least for awhile.
And no, the picture accompanying this post isn't one of my bike. That's a Stingray from the '70's that looks a lot like the one my old friend Chris Peta used to ride. I always wanted one of those! The bike I ride belongs to my son -- it's a 24-speed mountain bike made by Specialized. Very rugged and durable.