Tuesday, August 24

Sunday Morning Commute: Part 1

Two recent posts that I've read reminded me to take the camera to work on Saturday night.  'Lovely Bicycle' discussed favourite cycling routes and  'LGRAB'  mused about how we choose to wind down after the work week. On Sunday mornings, after my last night shift, I extend my cycle home by heading into the city instead of catching the train. Although it is not the prettiest route I enjoy, it is one of my favourites because the work week is over and I often stop in Leederville for a leisurely brekky. I'm lucky enough to have bike paths the whole way.

The route through the 'burbs is not a separate path, but, a bike lane with buffers from the traffic lanes with no car parking and a footpath on the right. Not only is the path marked, but, there are sign posts at most intersections telling cyclists the destination and distance of each route.

Most of the journey is alongside or close to the freeway, which also means that there is access to the train stations, as the 'Clarkson' line runs up the centre of the freeway. This is Glendalough Station.

Although the path is only 20m away from the freeway (to the left) the green strip means that you could be in the country and there's no problem with traffic noise being a bother. I've snapped the path along Lake Monger before, so I didn't worry about photographing the lakeside route.

Out the other side of these trees and I'm in Leederville. It's a small inner-city strip tucked down by the station with a surprising variety of shops and cafes given the size. There are restaurants, cheap eats, record stores, book shops, fish markets, gift shops, florists, an arthouse cinema, a fishing tackle store, a bike shop . . . and I mentioned the cafes.

The early, winter sun seems to turn people into reptiles needing to warm themselves before they move. I can completely empathise with the feeling, because once my butt hits the chair I'm there for an hour at least. It's time to get a caffeine fix and chomp on something yummy (I had a crabmeat and goat's cheese omelette this Sunday).

Only once I've read the paper cover to cover and had another espresso do I even think about having to move my legs again. If it weren't for bed calling, I've a sneaking suspicion that I'd still be there as the sun set, probably snoring gently with my twentieth coffee growing cold.

This Sunday I wanted to go to the bike shop which opens at 10.30am, so by the time I got back on track for the city the sunlight was a little too harsh for any decent (well, as decent as I can manage) snaps. That's why this is only Part 1, as I'm going to have to post the rest of the route next week. What was I doing at the bike shop? Hmm, I'm trying to order something that might not work out. If it does, I'll post about it, if not, I can continue to smugly pretend that I am above falling victim to the dreaded impulse buy!


Traci said...

Great photos!! I'm extremely envious after seeing those trails with signs and everything :) We have a few trails (mentioned in my blog), but I often feel as if I spend most of my time attempting to find the best way around traffic since the trails don't lead to very many places. And you have to guess at where to get on and off until you've ridden them a few times since there's no signage whatsoever.

What type of work do you do on the night shift? I'm more of a night owl, but not sure I could handle working the entire night.

BB said...

@Traci: I'm a nurse (at 45 I'm still amazed anyone's wellbeing is placed in my hands, gulp!) Living in a working-class 'burb with a small mortgage, no car and no sense of fashion, life is pretty inexpensive. It's not like I have to work too hard :D

Traci said...

When you mentioned working nights, my first thought was healthcare since I'm an occupational therapist :) Not sure if occupational therapists are quite the same in Australia though or how much you might come into contact with them. They are in basically every hospital in the U.S. I currently work at a university, but still work about once a month at a rehab center as an OT just to keep my skills up. You never know what will happen in the future, so I'm trying not to burn any bridges - haha.

It's great that you're setting such a good example for patients by biking (not that they necessarily know that unless you tell them!). So many healthcare professionals in the U.S. are extremely out of shape, are obese, smoke, etc. It's just crazy!

BB said...

@Traci: About that good example, oops! I'm afraid, I still have a weakness for the odd cigar and I am a sturdy frame with a love of the couch :) Nothing to do with fitness I'm afraid, just like the speed of life with a bike! Yes, we do have OT's over here, in aged care as well. Errr, at least one of us is leading by example (sheepish grin).

Traci said...

Everyone has to have some weakness :) I still think you're setting a great example by biking no matter! And I'm sure you ride much more than I do. I have to admit that I'm a "fair-weather rider" and if there's threat of rain I usually don't get on, so some weeks I'll hardly ride at all! I don't mind the rain so much as the drivers - they seem to get more angry and rude when the weather is bad :)