Saturday, January 2, 2010

Thinking and Doing

What I've been thinking about? Warmer weather and streets and bike paths free of snow and ice. The Workcycles Oma . . . and how I'd pay for it. Why do I do this to myself?

What I've been doing. Coping with the snow and ice that is preventing bike commuting but learning to ski. Our friend David invited us out to his new homestead in Mountainaire for an afternoon of cross country skiing. My third ski adventure at learning to glide. My lack of physical coordination lead to some falls going down the few hills but I'm still learning. Dottie from Let's Go Ride a Bike suggested that I ski into work since biking is a more limited option. Given the considerable open green space between my house and the airport, the idea is not out of the question. I snowshoes out of work on Thursday afternoon. Why not ski?

8 comments:

bikeolounger said...

I suspect I'd enjoy cross-country skiing. I have no real interest in what a friend calls "gravity slave" skiing. Sadly, we almost never have enough snow for either around Louisville (Paoli and their manufactured snow notwithstanding)--certainly not often enough to justify buying skis and stuff.

Filigree said...

Oh you are so lucky! I loooooove XC skiing and miss living in NH, where we could do it any time anywhere.

You snowy landscape looks beautiful, and I second the suggestion to try skiing to work!

Dottie said...

Yes, try it! That would be so awesome. You could start a whole new community of people who ski-commute :)

Cyclin' Missy said...

I think that's a great idea! What fun! And a great workout.

Emma J said...

I love the idea of skiing into work - why not? It's green and good for you - just be sure to take pictures and let us know what it's like if it works out!

miss sarah said...

Awesome! I hear cross country skiing is fantastic exercise but I don't know anybody who does it. Not anybody I'm comfortable enough to ask for lessons. I have these dreams of wearing baby Dexter and skiing along! Perhaps one day.

Skiing to work seems perfectly valid. In Ottawa they all skate to work!

Mark said...

Regarding the Oma, I think the cost of a nice commuting bike is justifiable as long as it gets used. I provide details in my blog post: you can afford a commuting bike right now..

I am myself contemplating the WorkCycles Secret Service model.

Mark

She Rides a Bike said...

Mark, I really enjoyed your post and the video clips. I completely agree with the commentary from Amsterdam and Bogeta about orienting cities around people rather than cars and the matter of equity and democracy. I am always amazed at how in these tough economic times when few are predicting either an swift or painless recovery we in the US continue to focus on car oriented development. Even if my husband and I, both well educated and securely employed, wanted to buy a new car we couldn't afford to. What do people do who have low paying/no benefit jobs in the service industry do? They can't afford even to participate in cash for clunkers and the public transit is being scaled back.