Sunday, December 11, 2005

It's cold and dark; but, bike commuting is still good. The standard route heads out through the neighborhood for about a mile, and then onto a bike path for another couple of miles. Nothing scenic; but, it's off the road. Then a block on shoulders and onto another bike path. Down a hill, over the Yakima river, by the Chamna Wilderness preserve, then the quarry, and finally into old Richland. For a mile. Then, the
rest of the ride to work is mostly along Columbia river, or through some of the older Richland neighborhoods. The total distance is 12-13 miles, depending on variations of the route taken. Even with the bike paths, there's a fair amount of stop and go biking. To keep from breaking a sweat in the mornings, the ride takes about an hour. Going home can be faster.