As ashamed as I am to admit it, Monday was the first time I rode my bike to work this year.
My main excuse has been not having a good lock (thanks JRA!). That excuse was actually so good I didn't need to come up with any others. I finally broke down and purchased a U-lock last month. I guess that means no more excuses.
So, at 6:15 I donned my reflective vest and sparked up my lights for the 6 1/2 mile descent down to work. Being pretty much all downhill, getting to work is actually a pretty easy ride. I broke more of a sweat unloading and locking up the bike than I did riding.
Arriving as early as I did, I got the primo spot right next to the window. There is rack closer to where I work, but this one seems to be safer and is more convenient to taking the scenic route home. There is also a security camera nearby, although I can't tell whether it's facing the rack or not.
The requisite "Lift Bridge in the Background" shot.
When riding along Lake Superior it's important to stop for a ship photo too.
The final hill, and there always is one.
I think my first commute turned out pretty well. The only negative I really found was that after work it took me a while to change clothes and get the bike loaded.* By that point, I would have been almost home had I driven. Hopefully, as I do it more often, I'll get into a better rhythm and be able to get on the road more quickly.
*It would have gone faster had I been bright enough to pull the bike away from the rack before putting on the pannier and trunk bag. I had to take them off again in order to get the bike through the rack. Embarrassing, but funny.