September is Bike Commute Challenge here in Portland, and I have been participating 83%. It’s been very interesting to observe the changes that come from altering one facet of daily life. I normally drive, bus, bike and/or walk to and from work, kind of in phases and depending on the weather. This month, I’ve consistently biked 12 miles round trip each day. It’s faster than taking the bus. The most immediate effect was that I needed to take in waay more calories every day. Breakfast is an absolute must.
Also I buy less ‘stuff’ and think more about each purchase: will this fit on my bike rack or in my bag? Do I want to cart this item down the road? The answer often being ‘hell no’, I am saving money.
Ok- so the botanizing part. My commute is so pleasant when I am unhurried in the morning. I love to ride through Irvington, Laurelhurst and Tabor looking at the gardens as they ease into autumn. My mental list of ‘what’s blooming’ lengthens as I ride, and by the time I get to pen and paper I can only remember half of what I saw.