Not much bikey news these days with the wintery weather we’ve had around here. However, during that time when I was still able to get to work in December before my two-week vacation, I had started driving a different route, on the main highways, since the backroads I normally drive were surely impassable. Have I mentioned they don’t plow anything here except the main highways? They don’t. Anyway, rather than risk getting stuck, or worse ending up upside down in a ditch, I had been driving the highways to work since I started back after the new year. (we had a little more snow Sunday night, the 4th, just enough to make the roads sloppy and slushy again, so the less-traveled backroads were sure to be a disaster AGAIN) When I did finally try driving home my old route, I found a detour down one road meaning a fair amount of backtracking. I hate backtracking. Waste of gas.
So the moral of the story is, all my biking last year around various roads here that I was previously only marginally aware of has saved me from backtracking, or sitting in the parking lot that is the freeway. YAY! Lots less traffic too, it was nice. I actually know of several options to avoid the detour, which is going to be in place until (get this–) JUNE. I’m so annoyed. The weather looks promising to be able to get out on the bike this weekend, I may ride over to the construction zone and see what is going on that’s going to take them five months.