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Commute Loop – 2023.09.15

Anyone care to take a guess what’s different about this commute than my regular commute?

Had a great ride down to breakfast at Scrambled. As I sat there on a bench waiting for them to open the manager peeks her head out and said, “Hey are you coming inside?”

I reply, “You haven’t put your folding sign out yet.”

“It’s broken. I’ve already ordered a replacement.”

“I always wait for you to open up by placing the sign so you completely threw me off.”

We both got a laugh out of it as I walked inside. Ordered my usual which was awesome like always. In particular, the watermelon was amazing. Got to have a nice chat with Erin, my usual waitress, as well as Jeff and his wife Michelle. The later two are a couple I just walked up to and introduced myself to after recognizing them coming in regularly on Fridays as well. We’ve kinda formed a loose friendship from it.

The ride to work was pretty good. I did have a close call along Pecos before Wigwam. I was flying north in the bike lane approaching stopped traffic at Wigwam. Traffic was backed up enough to block some of the businesses on the right. Well, there was a Tesla that wanted to make a left to go south on Pecos. The traffic had stopped to open a gap for them to make the turn and of course the Tesla was so focused on that they almost didn’t notice me coming along. I grabbed a handful of brakes and thankfully they stopped in plenty enough time for me to go by. But be damned if i wasn’t yelling at the top of my lungs and waving my hands with all fingers extended. Thankfully after that the ride was uneventful.

A much better day at work today compared to yesterday. I’ll admit it started rough, but by lunchtime things had smoothed out and stayed that way until it was time to roll home.

Ride home was pretty exciting. Bobbing and weaving through traffic in rush hour to say the least hits a little different. Definitely a rush to go flying up alongside cars as they wait for a light to turn green. Or to dart out to go around a car that is making a right turn to avoid getting hooked. Definitely a rush and makes me consider moving to New York to become a bike messenger.

Once I was onto Las Vegas Blvd and cleared the 215 I had a decent tailwind take me all the way to Speed Vegas. When I started east along Via Inspirada the winds were definitely in my face. The nice thing is that there is a slight decline along that stretch which helped counteract the wind. I did make it the rest of the way home without issue and even had a solid run up Democracy.

Another great day for a ride. I did end up riding more than I had anticipated this morning, but hey I have no one to blame but myself. Looking forward to a good night’s sleep, hopefully, before getting up extra early to meet some riders for a pre-ride before the Adobo Velo birthday ride. We need to be to pedal & Pour by 6:30 for the start time and I needed to make sure there was enough buffer in there in the case of a mechanical. So suffice it to say I have an early one tomorrow.

New bike fund: $27.58 (+$0.02)
0.31 new miles — From
317 vehicles @ 8.2 per mile, 2.4 per minute, Speeds: 38.5 mph (avg), 65.8 mph (max) — by
Clear-Sunny, 71°F-92°F, Feels like 69°F-91°F, Humidity 47%-14%, Wind NW 2mph-NE 5mph — by
myWindsock Report —
Weather Impact: -3.6%
Headwind: 26% @ 3.7-10.6mph
Longest Headwind: 08h 39m 26s
Air Speed: 18.2mph
Temp: 67-91°F
Precip: 0% @ 0 Inch/hr
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Total distance: 38.57 mi
Max elevation: 3003 ft
Min elevation: 1944 ft
Total climbing: 1540 ft
Total descent: -1589 ft
Total time: 11:59:06
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