Denise Goldberg's blog

Monday, July 03, 2006

Pavement returns!

What a nice morning surprise...

The most direct route to work heads down route 125 from my house, but there are stretches of that road that are in the process of getting widened. The highway constructors chose to groove those sections in preparation for repaving, but they haven't yet finished some work along the shoulders. The road has been in a grooved state for quite a few weeks now (or is it months? I think I'm losing track of time) - and that is definitely not a pleasant surface for riding.

My alternate route is to cut over to route 28 and follow it down to where it joins 125. That's about a half of a mile further, but a very acceptable alternate. Well, about a week and a half ago that road was grooved too, in preparation for resurfacing. I had visions of bad road surfaces for the summer, and I was about to try to find another route to work. Don't get me wrong, I know lots of alternates, but they would extend my commute by a number of miles. I don't mind the extra miles on the way home, but I'd prefer not to do that to myself in the morning.

It was a very nice surprise this morning to find that route 28 is now sporting a new smooth surface. That made my morning commute by bike doubly enjoyable - there were very few cars on the road on this non-holiday Monday sandwiched between a weekend and a holiday Tuesday, and the new road surface was very welcome. It's amazing that such a small thing can make me happy, isn't it?

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