Friday, April 24, 2009
My Ironic Carbon Footprint
Today, for the first time this year, I rode my bike to work. Well, sort of.
I haven't been great about getting exercise in the now officially over off season. So, I was leery of just heading out of my garage for the office. From door to desk, it is 20 miles. Instead, I loaded the bike into the car and drove to close to the top of the Lakeshore bike path. For the locals, I parked at Lawrence.
Normally, I would take the train. That would entail a 2 mile car ride to the station. Instead, I drove 10 miles to bike the rest of the way. That means, I am using more fuel and creating more greenhouse gases by virtue of my half-commute by bike.
I felt lousy, by the way. By the time I got to Addison, I was cursing myself for not taking better care of myself. At North Ave., I was contemplating a rest stop at the chess pavilion. But, I stuck it out and made it to the office just fine. No taking the train home since my car is parked by the Lake, I need to ride back and retrieve it.