I want to take a minute to say that nothing, and I mean nothing, would ever get accomplished around the homestead if it weren’t for him. I’m really great at the ideas, but Rick is the hard worker that actually makes the ideas turn into something real. He works hard all week at his job and then he comes home to work hard here on weekends, and I’m so grateful for him.
Last January, I asked Rick to set the odometer on his bike to track how many miles he rode for the entire year. Then I promptly forgot all about this until last week when he gave me his final numbers.
In 2011 Rick rode 378.83 miles on his bike. Most of these miles were commuter miles; riding to and from work. Since I had a baby in July, we didn’t do much recreational riding as a family. His office is 2.67 miles from our house and his average speed was 11.4 miles per hour.
Most days, due to traffic, he can get to his office or home faster on the bike than if he drove the car. A fourteen minute commute, mostly on the bike path.
We estimate that he rode his bike to work about 70 days last year. It’s not clear, because there have been days when he didn’t ride to work, but came home at lunch with his work van to get his bike and then rode home. But that’s almost 20% of the year commuting on two wheels. (!)
Rick saved about 20 gallons of gas, about a tank and a half in our car. His total time spent on the bike: 31 hours, 47 minutes and 43 seconds.
He might argue that it’s actually not work to ride. I think he likes it. At least a lot more than driving in traffic. He’s already had the bike out this year (yep, with snow and everything), and I think he’s going to try to get even more miles racked up for 2012.
Thanks, Rick for all you do. Especially for supporting my habit of starting crazy projects… and then finishing them for me. You are the best! Happy birthday!!