The Test

Originally published at Kickin’ the new Kuh-nowledge. You can comment here or there.

Tomorrow I embark on an epic journey.  Instead of driving to Chicago, I’ll be taking the train.  This is a big deal for me.  I’ll be adding a ton of extra time to my commute, but I’ll be saving quite a bit of coin.  I’m testing it out this week to see if it will be something I can do regularly.

Here’s what my train commute will look like tomorrow…

Amtrak to Chicago…  Depart 6:10 AM
Metra to Lombard…  Depart 10:40 AM
Bicycle to the Office…  Depart 11:20 AM
Arrive at Office around 11:40 AM

My current car-based commute is a bit shorter.  I usually leave around 8:00 AM and arrive around 10:30 AM. So my commute will go from 2.5 hours to 5.5 hours.  Yikes!  At least I only have to do that once a week.  On the way back, the commute will actually be a lot less…  more like 3.5 hours.  Another positive is that I get to see if my folding bike is good enough for this kind of travel.

Here’s to hoping there are no delays tomorrow.

6 responses to “The Test”

  1. Wow, I have a hard time making myself drive half an hour to work, much less 5.5 on a train. You are made of stern stuff, sir.

    • Yeah… I don’t think I can do it this way every week. I need to come up with something else honestly, but what that is, I don’t know yet.

      What I would really like is to be able to work out of the downtown office instead of the suburbs. If I could do that, my commute would be 3.5 hours total instead of 5.5… which based on my experience today is painful.


    • Today I’m merely tired. I went to bed at 12:30… got up at 5:00. The only thing that’s keeping me going right now is coffee.

      Unfortunately, one thing this test is proving is that I’m really close to 40. LOL


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