Yes, first day! Wow, a couple of those hills were killers. My thighs hurt, I hope I can make it home tonight! I think reversing it will be mostly downhill. My town is barely above sea level, so most of the trip in the morning is uphill. Some of it looks flat, what they call a “false flat”, but you can feel as you’re pedaling you’re working to keep moving. I did drive to my co-worker’s neighborhood and park the car there (about 12.5 miles), then rode the 13.5 miles in to work. I’m not sure how much gas this is going to save, actually. Hauling the bike on the car kind of cuts down my fuel efficiency, but at least I’ll get my rides in. It was pretty chilly when I started out, and even some fog in a couple spots. But it warmed up as the sun came up, and really it was a beautiful morning for a ride. I got passed a couple times by guys on bikes, one just blew past me going uphill. Show-off. I don’t think he was human. The other guy passed me along Tualatin-Sherwood Road, and kept going straight when I turned off onto Avery. At least he smiled and said hi when he went by. I was most of the way down Boones Ferry, just in front of the high school, and he passed me again. He was probably wondering how I got ahead of him! 😉 It was funny. He said “Hi again!” as he passed me again. We both laughed. I managed to keep up with him (by “keep up” I mean I didn’t drop any further behind) at this point, but we were kind of heading into a downhill. The sections of the road I was so worried about turned out to be no problem at all. I guess I came through early enough that I beat the worst of the traffic, and all the people who overslept and then try to make up time at Mach II weren’t on the road yet. I think I remembered most everything I needed to bring, which is hard for a creature of habit like myself. Just moving things from purse to pannier it’s easy to forget something. Got to work, managed to open the bike locker, got cleaned up and changed clothes, and voilá! I may not ride again this week, I think I’ll need a recovery day tomorrow, and then Thursday and Friday are supposed to be awfully hot.