Earlier this week, I read about a fellow blogger's daily trials on the New York subway. I threatened to counter with an account of my own commuting experience. And here it is.
The drive between home and work is about 25 minutes and pretty stress-free. But even so I like to get on my bike whenever I can in the summer months. And here's why.
I have about 4km of quiet roads around Saanichton, before crossing over the highway and onto the bike trail.
The trail runs alongside the highway for about 2km. This is the noisiest part of the ride.
Then I leave the highway behind and travel 3km of virtually deserted roads through farmland. On the way, I pass Michell's model airfield, site of a fabulous annual airshow. When I ride past in the evening there's often model enthusiasts flying their planes.
Off the paved road, there's 3km of dedicated cycle path, overhung with trees. Welcome shade for the return journey on a hot summer's day.
Back on the road for 3km through quiet suburbia. Oddly enough, this is the stretch where I most often see deer, completely oblivious to human presence, grazing on peoples' lawns and hedges.
Then it's back to the tree-lined trail for another 3km, with the occasional picturesque trestle thrown in for good measure.
The last 3km is through the outskirts of Victoria, across a few busy roads (but with strategically-placed crossings).
But even through this built-up area the trail is well-protected from traffic, with yet more trestles...
And glimpses of Swan Lake sanctuary...
Total distance: 21km.
Cycling time: 1 hour, give or take.
Conditions: Quiet and flat. You'll notice most of these pictures don't show much in the way of traffic. Yes, it really is like that.
I hoped to show you some deer too. Sadly none around in the morning. Saw two on the way home, but by then my phone was out of battery. Ah, well, another day, eh?