One of my biking goals is to figure out how to do more of my work miles by bike. I've got my event trips down pretty well by bike now and I'm a pro at doing all my personal travel, errands, and family stuff out of the car but when it comes to my work miles, I usually can't show up super sweaty to a home visit or oftentimes, my meetings are at inopportune times--like late in the evening and/or too far to safely ride. These are basically the only times I am in the car these days. It's a huge reduction of mileage but I'd still like to be able to find an alternative for these last trips.
Today's ride started by meeting up with my parents and a few riders from their 350 Sacramento bike team. It was a great group of enthusiastic, fun people. We took the bike trail into Old Town, adding a few extra miles to the day, pulled up in front of Practical Cycle just as Tim and Cassidy were opening up shop so we got a chance to chat. My brake cable is stretching out again and I casually mentioned that to Tim (who later called me up and told me to get my bike in before my brakes bottom out again). How awesome is it to have a Local Bike Shop that cares enough to track you down and keep you safe? I am so grateful to have Tim and Cassidy looking out for our well-being! We then ventured over the Causeway. It's incredibly noisy but safe and pretty to look at (at least the North side is).
My next half of the adventure took me to the Davis Amtrak station where Jose and I traded bikes. He got to rock the Mundo full of kiddos and I got my bachelorette bike--the Linus (I love the fact that we can swap bikes back and forth between the two of us without any change! Jose tends to ride fast, uncomfortable bikes but I know he secretly loves the luxury Mundo ride).
Amtrak does not have the capability to allow cargo bikes onto their trains. The Capitol Corridor train actually has bike rakes in its cars but nothing for a bike that doesn't fit those dimensions. That leaves a huge group of folks without the means to travel with bikes. It is quite disappointing and can hopefully be rectified soon. Transportland does a beautiful job of explaining the situation.
One stop later, I hopped of the train with my Linus and directions to the hotel for the training. Three different attempts and I was finally in the right direction. Riding in Fairfield was not very pretty. I know they have a bike trail but I didn't have the time to attempt to find it and I was afraid of getting more lost than I already was. That's an adventure for another day.
Super great birthday, indeed!