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Discussion: Walking from bus?

in: Soupbone; Soupbone > 2015-10-30

Oct 31, 2015 11:28 AM # 
Nice going! I also walked a couple miles yesterday, back and forth from the bus to the golk course. Did the bus drop you at the Cheese Castle?

Since the price of gasoline declined, bus ridership has fallen off dramatically. Apparently people don't save the money from low gas prices; they just drive more, and more, and more.
Nov 1, 2015 9:40 AM # 
Walking from the bus would be time consuming here. There is a bus from Hartford that stops about 6 or 7 miles away. The bus from New York stops about 18 miles from here.
Nov 1, 2015 12:10 PM # 
Ha ha! At least you've checked on the bus option.

But have you ever thought about getting a 'beater' bike to ride the 18 miles, and then store at a bike shop for a fee, or in the woods under a cover? Might reduce your need for another car in the driveway at home.

And all buses and trains in NE Illinois allow bikes to be brought aboard, so they also can be used at the other end! Quite convenient if you're a suburbanite and coming into the City where bikes abound!
Nov 2, 2015 1:58 PM # 
For the one or two times a decade I might take a bus to NYC, doesn't seem worth it. The main reason I would travel to the bus there would be to pick up someone coming in from NY.

Now perhaps riding a bike to my classes at Central CT two days a week would save some driving. Only about 24 miles, I think, so if I left early enough, carried my books in some appropriate backpack, etc.

Not likely. Instead I endeavor to carpool with some of my more elderly classmates. In addition to the 7 or so traditional age students, there are also me, one lady in her 70s and 2 in their 80s.
Nov 3, 2015 9:11 PM # 
I do ride when I get a chance instead of driving, but that is not much of an option around here.
Nov 4, 2015 10:50 AM # 
Well back 36 years ago, when I still had a car, I'd always weaken and drive too, even for the shortest errands. So I know how seductive a car can be.

But then I carried through on my 'grand plan' for moving to the City, and sold my car. And then I either rode or sat in my apartment. So I began riding to everything, near and far, day or night. And I found that I LOVED it! And have never felt the slightest urge to buy a new BMW or shiny and sporty as they may be.

With miles of open road around you, you're in biking Heaven! I envy your 'options.'
Nov 5, 2015 3:17 AM # 
Road biking is pretty good out my road. You should come and bring your bike in on the train Chi. Better see my country side before they begin to build up this area and turn my property into a multi use commercial area. Then I won't have to drive anywhere again either.
Nov 5, 2015 10:37 AM # 
I think the 'Hawk' is supposed to descend on the Midwest tomorrow. Freezing temps before the weekend is over. The beautiful sunny biking days of 70+ are done for this year!

When I was walking back from the golk course yesterday in Highland Park, I saw a lot of cyclists, out for a last ride on their shiny carbon-fibre bikes. I felt a bit of regret that I wasn't with them, riding down past Ravinia in the afternoon sunshine, with brown and golden leaves swirling around them.

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