get on an average tank, but it is very hard when I have a 21 mile
commute to work.
I have a huge desire for a bicycle. A recumbent bicycle, maybe even a trike, from a local shop. A more bicycle-friendly route to work would be 19 miles, but
no bike lanes and some fairly busy roads with crazy drivers. If I were able to
get a steady 10mph the whole way and not stop, the trip would still be a
good two hours instead of a mere 42 minutes…. plus the sweat part of
‘sweat equity’ wouldn’t be good for my clothes nor aroma. ( I work in an
office, no on-site shower ) As I get to work at 7 am, riding a bike well before sunrise on unlit country back-roads
would be pretty dangerous. Still, riding in my community and places like the Natchez Trace would be awesome!
I could take the bike to work with me and ride it the six blocks to the office from where I can find free parking. It would give me some more in-range options for lunch ( I should probably be taking my lunch more often ) and a quicker person-powered segment of my commute – and be more fun than walking!
A scooter or motorcycle would get me 60 to 70 mpg and be much more
timely than a bicycle, but purchasing one requires a big investment that I haven’t been
able to make. A Scooter from Green Earth Scooters is much cheaper
than the motorcycle – and the bicycle, but I think the Honda Rebel motorcycle would handle
my 6’4″ 290lbs a bit better.
Now, if only I could get Funding for the purchase of one of these alternatives…. 🙂