No more Caltrain for me

The long awaited office move happens this week, so things are a little crazy as everybody here packs up and otherwise prepares for the 15 mile migration south from the Peninsula into Silicon Valley.

Tomorrow, I’ll drive to the office for the first time in about two years to take some large personal items the movers won’t transport.

This move means no more daily Caltrain for me; I’ll merely bike seven miles to the office from downtown San Jose, mostly on the Guadalupe River Trail. The monthly re-charge / tag on / tag off Clipper Card ritual is a thing of the past. Caltrain’s fare increase this Friday doesn’t matter to me. Caltrain track incidents and broken signals will have no impact on my daily commute.

Caltrain beats driving 101 by a long shot. Bike car cameraderie is hard to beat, and I’ll miss the friends I’ve made on the train, but I can’t say I’ll miss my twice daily train ride. I’m glad my shorter commute means a longer bike commute for me. I also won’t miss the daily Willow Road run and occasional run ins with AC Transit drivers.


Share the Road

If I can cut out of here on time, I’ll try to have pizza to share on the Southbound 266 (5:28 from Menlo Park) for anybody who’d like to join me on my final ride this evening (Monday June 27). I’m always in the second bike car. I don’t imbibe, but BYOB for yourself if you’d like.

9 Comments

  • June 27, 2011 - 8:16 pm | Permalink

    7 Miles bike commute? I’m so jealous.

    Mine is 7 miles, but includes a bus and train to make up the other 19 miles.

  • June 27, 2011 - 8:24 pm | Permalink

    I still have the 20 mile bus ride to get from Santa Cruz to San Jose.  Entire distance biking will be 35 miles on way (vs 45 miles right now).

  • June 27, 2011 - 8:58 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations on one less step on your trip to work….glad to hear that it’s now bike time only.  Have a fun celebration on the train tonight.  You rock, man.

    Darryl

  • Anonymous
    June 27, 2011 - 10:08 pm | Permalink

    You will LOVE a 7 mile commute. I love my 7 mile commute. It is an almost ideal distance.

  • June 27, 2011 - 10:55 pm | Permalink

    Agreed about the distance. I had a six mile commute one way when I lived in Colorado.

  • June 28, 2011 - 5:33 am | Permalink

    But you’re still stuck dealing almost exclusively with western California drivers, which would be enough by itself for me to carry a gun.

  • June 28, 2011 - 6:08 pm | Permalink

    Traffic is heavy, but drivers for the most part are mellow and accommodating to bike traffic. There are the occasional road ragers, but they’re few and far between.

  • June 28, 2011 - 7:31 pm | Permalink

    In which parallel dimension do you exist that anyone in California is remotely amicable?

  • June 28, 2011 - 10:11 pm | Permalink

    grt gets muddy… might even be flooded today…

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