Alternative transportation proved to be an especially satisfying experience last Thursday. In the 45 miles I traveled for work, a car was not needed for any part of the trip. With the accessibility of the train and the power of my bicycle, I had a seamless, relaxing, traffic-free day of travel.
Let me break it down: After a brief mile and half ride from the office in San José, I was comfortably seated on the Caltrain headed to Belmont. While aboard the train, I had time to type out some emails and admire the sunny day from my window. I arrived in Belmont early for my meeting after an easy spin down the street to reach my destination. Now for the best (and most sweat inducing) element of my work travel (adventure). If you're familiar with Belmont, you know that it has some significant hills. My meeting was at the bottom of all existing hills. I wanted to be on the entire other side of this large dune of a city. Lucky for me, once you ascend, you must descend. Ralston Avenue may be steep, but the ride to Cañada Road via the Ralston Bike Trail made it more than worth it. Looking down to the cars on 280 and out to the water of Crystal Springs Reservoir as I pedal over a bridge designated for bikes was a pleasure. Twenty miles later, after a ride mostly through meadows and wooded hills, I made it home. Not a bad way to end the work day!
PS: If you've never ridden on Cañada Road, I highly recommend it for its beauty and bike-friendly nature.