Sunday, January 09, 2005

Well, I've been living in Madison for a while now, and all is great. The job I took here is everything I could of hoped for in a non 'road' job. I have started to create a normal life here. I have been riding my bicycle to work everyday, even in the snow. It's a great way to get to work I always arrive invigorated and ready for the day. The only thing that I can foresee that will prevent me from bicycling to work come spring and summer is if I choose to ride my other bike. My other bike is a shiny new Harley Davidson Softail Springer Classic (FLSTSCI). I bought it as a christmass present to myself.

I have several different routes that I use when I bicycle to and from work. Since it has been cold, I have been following the shortest (almost) one. This route is about 3 miles each way. I leave my condo on the Isthmus, go past the Kohl center and the S.E.R.F. center (which I'll get into later), then through Camp Randall, accross University Ave, behind Babcock hall and the Stock pavillion, Past the Dairy barn, the Veterinary medicine building, and in front of the Natatorium. Before it got cold, I had several other routes set up, up to about 10 miles in length. The one I used most often follows John Nolan west along Lake Monona, then turns onto the Wingra creek bike path (where the city will build it's new swimming pool) to Wingra park, through the park and over the hill on Spooner St. in the Regent neighborhood, over the cool pedestrian bridge that spans Campus ave., and there I meet up with my other route by the dairy farm.
Over the years of travelling and eating on expense account, I had gotten myself FAT, and WAY out of shape. This is one of the reasons I chose to ride a bike to work. I have also been trying to figure out how to get access to the Universities awesome rec facilities, which are for students only. These include the shell at Camp Randal, The S.E.R.F (South...

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