I spent seven days in the
area for a training class (for work.) In
a way, it was like a vacation. I didn’t
have to work all week, I didn’t have to deal with the commute to/from work, and
It was nice to be away from that, in that respect I didn’t want to come back. I missed my family though (including the pets), and I missed my daily routine. When I was down there in a hotel for the week I had tons of free time (other than being in class), but having no schedule made me feel all weird. I don’t do well with idle time usually, but I think I made the most of it. I brought two guitars, and in the evenings I disturbed my neighbors with songs and countless “practice.” I also brought two bikes, hoping that I would get a chance to ride while I was in a different state.
We got out of class with almost two hours of daylight left each day. With the shitty Atlanta-area traffic, I didn’t have time to drive to a trail to ride in the dirt. So I opted to take my road bike out, starting in the city of
My hotel was on some sort of main drag, but back roads were easily accessible. Although I didn’t do much pre-route planning, I knew there was a business park close by that was sure to be free of heavy traffic. I was right. I rode a few miles in there, hitting the hills and actually enjoying being on the road. It didn’t take long to get bored though, since I was kinda going in circles. I cut out and hit a bike path, which eventually led to more back roads. I got to ride in little to no traffic…in around
Atlanta no less.
Even though I had lights on my bike, I did my best to be back to the hotel each evening before it got really dark. I didn’t want to be on foreign roads in the dark (road riding is dangerous enough in the daylight), and riding for 1 ½ to 2 hours seemed sufficient. Since I was traveling for work, every evening ended with me searching for a place to eat. That first night it was overpriced seafood and good (yet still overpriced) beer.
That was the plan while I was away. I checked into the hotel late Sunday night, and I hoped to ride every night after class. I wanted to take advantage of the free time I had, but could I last the entire week? Even a road ride and the quest for food didn’t take up that entire first night. I still had plenty of idle time before I had to go to bed. I don’t know how people travel for work. You know, the ones that do it frequently.
Would I do the same the next day? Come back tomorrow and find out.
I haven’t done this blogging thing for over a week. Time to start dragging shit out again.