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So the new office is in Burlington, and Thursday, baronet, 76trombones and I tried to bike there... it's something like a 12- or 14-mile trip up the Minuteman trail until you get off and make your way over surface streets to the office. I made it about 5 miles before I decided my legs had turned to rubber bands, and I had to get a ride from the Arlington Heights Trader Joe's. (Thanks, chenoameg!) The other two went on and completed the trip.

So I've decided I need to get in shape to be able to make the trip. There may or may not be time to try it again, but today after I visit a yard sale and get my car inspected (Whoa, does that sticker really say "9"??? Oops...) I'm going to come back home, get on my bike, and give the ride a try. I may go to Ace Wheelworks and ask them what I can do about my posture... maybe they can raise the handlebars for me or something.

This is a Saturday with a to-do list!

Edit: ...is that rain? Dammit.


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Nov. 5th, 2005 02:28 pm (UTC)
It's a little better than you think! http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/ claims my route was just barely over 12 miles (so yours would be just under 12, or perhaps exactly 12). Total, not just the minuteman part.

Or maybe I'm reading you wrong.

I had a similar experience with my car's inspection sticker last January. Hm, I wonder whether my PDA is set to remind me this January... no, it wasn't, but it is now! (And hey, it was already set to remind me when my license expires.)

weather -f bos and weather -f bed do not expect rain today.
Nov. 5th, 2005 03:45 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I got psyched out by greyness outside and a friend on IM saying "rain"... That liar!
Nov. 5th, 2005 04:39 pm (UTC)
Where in Burlington? When I worked out there I tried biking a few times, and the path that stayed on the Minuteman the longest involved about a mile of the Middlesex Turnpike on the bike, which was no fun at all. I eventually settled on taking the Minuteman to Arlngton and 3 out to Burlington; 3 was a lot more bike-friendly.
Nov. 5th, 2005 05:57 pm (UTC)
Very near the 3 south exit from 128, on Van de Graaff Drive. The directions I've heard quoted sound similar to the ones that take you up the Middlesex Turnpike, but bring you up some alternative side streets that also look kind of scary...
Nov. 5th, 2005 06:34 pm (UTC)
Ah, that's very near where I used to work; the 350 bus that I usually rode took 3->Wayside->S. Bedford St, and the Primeon office was on S. Bedford just on the outside of 128.

If only the 350 bus had bike racks, that would be ideal. However, this means that the Arlington->3 is a good path and avoids scary traffic. Also, Burlington Mall Road is really steep, and better avoided...
Nov. 7th, 2005 03:54 pm (UTC)
My understanding is that the side streets are less scary than 3 in that they are flater and have *a lot* less traffic and a slower average speed. The down side is that they aren't well lit, and it is easy to get a little lost.
Nov. 17th, 2005 03:51 am (UTC)
Re: Scary?
It felt much less scary to me, though I admit I never tried 3... in part because it seemed scary! (Mostly I was scared of the hilliness, but also traffic.)
Nov. 17th, 2005 04:05 am (UTC)
Re: Scary?
It felt dark, windy, and thin when I drove it in my car. A lot more manageable when I biked it, actually.
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