I can't believe it's taken me this long to realize, but I've been doing it wrong. I shouldn't be surprised that once again I've been missing the obvious.
Honestly, it's not necessarily a sudden realization. I've been a little bit stubborn about, and it's kinda stupid when I admit to it.
My bike ride to work is about five miles. I don't ride that everyday, and I don't make the round trip every day that I do ride. The day that I bought the bike is the last time that I rode the bus and the only time the bike has ridden the bus that I know of. Momma has been generous with her pity and her decisions to give me a ride to work, and depending on our schedules, sometimes we're both going to and coming from downtown that it just makes sense to take the ride.
My average time to or from is about thirty minutes. The bus also takes about thirty minutes. It stands to reason that a combination of bus and bike would be the best way to go rather than to add a five mile bicycle commute to a body that isn't really that used to the exertion.
But for whatever reason I didn't reason it out quite like that. I saw a savings of the fifty dollar for a month bus pass. Also, there isn't a bus on Sunday that will get me to work on time, and most Sunday's I'm scheduled at either eight or nine.
I don't dislike either the bus or the bike. I appreciate the usefulness of the bus and will begin using the service again. I love the bike, and I love riding, but I really am not in the physical condition to chew that big bite I bit. Sunday's will have to be my suck-it-up-and-take-it day, and honestly, I'm going in to work brunch, which I truly hate, so I'm already sucking up and taking.
Perhaps I'll work some other deal to make my Sundays less hurtful. There has to be a way. But until then I'm going to make my other days slightly easier if not as cheap. I'm going to find the balance between where I get on and off the two conveyances, trading each for the other at my whim.
There's also some thought about moving closer to town. Everything I want or want to do is that direction, so it only makes sense. But that's another post for another time.