I work four days a week, and it's a very long ride. I CAN ride all the way there and back, but I'm slow and it's a long way (26km each way). So, I have number of ways I can do it, and still get a good work day:
- Some days I rode all the way in, and got a lift home (we have two learner drivers, so they fought for the chance to drive us in on school holidays).
- Some days, Jeff and I put the bikes on the car rack, and drove half way, then rode in and back (12km each way, very nice).
- Some days took the bike on the train for part of the trip home.
- We moved offices, from Collingwood to the city, so now I can also ride to my choice of bike cage (Bicycle Victoria is installing fantastic bike cages at railway stations), lock up there, and train into the city.
- Any option that involved the car needed MY car, the one that fits the bike rack. But that's the one Catriona drives too, and she often has evening commitments. So I didn't ride some days.
- In winter it gets dark really early, so some options don't work.
- I don't mind riding in the warm or the cold, and I can manage drizzle and breezes, but rain, extreme heat and strong wind make it too dangerous for me.
- A few days I had early meetings.
- And the odd sick day, and bike-getting-repaired day, cuts out some rides too.
And I'm pleased to say, I'm nearly there. I've hit 49 rides, and I have just two work days left.
WILL SHE MAKE IT?
Post script. I made it. The next day. Wasn't that hard really!