Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Stymied By A Triple Whammy

My frustration mounts and I feel a rant coming on.

I tried. I really did. But I just couldn't make myself ride to work today. I have been stymied by a triple whammy: Snow, Snow removal, and $3.45 a gallon gas!

The main routes I travel, in fact, 99% of my route is clear of snow and there shouldn't be any hazards short of potholes (which can be killers!) on the way. With just one exception... my own street.

I have to travel approximately 3/4 of a mile on a old neighborhood street paved with bricks from the early 1900s. But the snow cover is still so thick and the ruts so deep, I don't trust myself on them.

Riding has become even more a priority since yesterday when the price of gasoline in central Ohio hit $3.45 a gallon. My commute in the Civic now costs me about $12.00 a day. On the Boulevard, it will cost me about $6.00 a day. Who wouldn't choose to spend $30 a week for travel on two wheels versus $60 a week in a cage?

The monthly savings alone would pay my Cable and Internet bill, plus a couple of trips to a fast food joint! The AAA expert suggested that gas prices will hit about $3.80 a gallon this spring and then dip back to $3.00 during the summer.

I called the local street department and asked that they send a plow down our street. But by the time they arrive, I'm sure everything will have melted. It doesn't matter. I'm riding rain or shine, snow or no snow, tomorrow. Or else!

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