June 23, 2008 by welshcyclist
I’m enjoying my cycling more than ever these days, thanks to having no punctures, dare I say it, for quite some time now, I’m touching wood for luck, when I say that, and now my fingers are crossed, which is difficult while typing this. 25 miles is a regular daily trip, for me lately, everyday this week, so far, it’s only Monday, having said that, but anyway, yesterday and today I rode into Neath station and back, as I did a couple of days, last week. Basically checking out my new part-commute route.
With the price of car fuel, I use diesel, rising so much, I’ve decided to cut the car, completely out of my commute. Instead of driving to Aberdulais and then cycling, about 11 miles each way, I’m going to cycle to Neath, then catch the train to my work. It will increase my daily mileage by a mere 2, but the road is a bit more challenging i.e., bigger hills to contend with. A big plus on top of that benefit, is the fact it will save a lot of money on fuel, and will be an extremely cheap way of commuting.
The company I work for, Network Rail, has a green policy, of encouraging, one cycling, hence I bought my Subway 8, through it’s Cycle2Work scheme, and two, trying to get its staff to use public transport. So now I’m buying an annual rail ticket, to use from Neath to Port Talbot, the cost is £312, but the company will pay half, great isn’t it? Therefore, for the princely sum of £3 a week, I can travel back and fro Neath and Port Talbot, as often as I like. If all goes well the car will be missing me a lot.
Unfortunately there is a down side to this new commute system of mine, there always is, isn’t there? Oh to live in a perfect world. The bad news is, my day will get longer, when on day shift, in particular, because to travel home, in the evening, I’ll probably have to wait till 18.30 to start my journey home, that means I won’t get in until 19.30 at best, which is a long day, when you have to get up again at 04.00!!! But I’m determined to give it a go. No turning back now, anyway, the company has paid its half of the ticket already, so unless I want to give the money back, there’s no other choice, as Hobson would say.
I have failed, miserably, to keep this blog going on a regular basis. One of my biggest problems, I’m very sad to say, is quite simply, distraction, my better half will tell you that I drive her to distraction, but that’s another matter. The fact is, I’m prone to get sidetracked, when something needs to be done. I keep putting things off, until they’re all queueing up, urgently needing to be sorted, I’ve done it all my life, what a ditherer, eh?
One of the things I’ve been saying I’ll get on top of is downloading photos from my mobile phone to this, my blog, still no progress, another is to improve my typing skills, so that I can update the blog more quickly, no progress there either. I won’t touch on all the things Elizabeth is patiently waiting for me to sort out around the house, it’s really an endless list, built up by my fantastic ability to be distracted. Can I help it if I find all sorts of everything to be interested in, or need to take a closer look at?
Well that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Happy cycling everyone.