Yes - Was cool. I am fortunate to have a local train system. I do not drive for a living but in
California getting to work feels like it.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Mark Garvey" <lazybee45@...> wrote:
> way cool! It sounds like a PERFECT trip! I wish I could ride to a station,
> board a train for my parents home in Texas (Tyler) to go visit! I can't
> drive 800 miles comfortably but an overnight train ride would be perfect!
> Same with other destinations such as Chicago, Kansas City, or California! I
> Drive for a living. I do not need to drive on vacation! Driving isn't
> really a lot of fun for me!
> On Sun, May 25, 2008 at 11:02 AM, kwikfile08 <kwikfile08@...> wrote:
> > I decided to take the X on a train ride. I wanted to test the viability
> > of Bike/train Vs Metal Box.
> > *Option 1* Metal Box using streets and Freeway
> > 45 miles R/T = 4 Gal @ $4/Gal = $16 + Pollution.
> > Total =$16
> > *Option 2 *Metal Box using streets and Toll
> > 32 miles R/T = 3 Gal @ $4/Gal = $12 + Pollution.
> > Total $12
> > *Option 3* Metal Box with X to train station.
> > 16 miles R/T = 1 Gal @ $4/Gal = $4 plus $7.50 Train Ticket
> > Total $11.50
> > *Option 4
> > *X all the to station 16 R/T plus 4 R/T station to store = $7.50 train
> > *Option 5
> > X *on streets there and back = 35 R/T with rough hills on the return
> > ****************************************************************************
> > I did Option 3 this time because I was already in a dedicated car trip
> > nearby.
> > The train experience was awesome roll on attach Velcro ties to front tire
> > and back frame was too long so I used my own stap.
> > Enjoyed the ride and it was double decker before i knew it I was there.
> > Got the bike off got oriented and pedaled to Whole Foods Markets!
> > Once there I got to talking to a man from India who was very interested in
> > riding to work and shopping, he liked the X and may get one. He asked a
> > cultural perspective question. He wondered if he had to wear a helmut. Odd I
> > thought, but he wears a turbin and does not want to have to have a helmut. I
> > said no worries in California it is legally required for non adults under 18
> > years old. So you see there was something I never thought of; attire like
> > turbins keeping people away from riding there bikes and being unaware of
> > local laws.
> > Since this was a exploratory trip I had no shopping list, so I checked out
> > the store and looked at the Earth Shoe sandals (very cool) but $129 bucks!
> > So I bought some Yerba Mate' <http://www.guayaki.com/>from Guayaki brand
> > and I was on my way back to the train.
> > Once there I realized that the return trip would not take me back to my
> > orgina station (Anaheim Canyon) but instead makes a turn after the Orange
> > Sta. to head off towards Anaheim Stadium station. So I rolled with it and
> > got off since I Love Old Town
> > anyway. So I got off there and started to ride away. I instantly noticed my
> > helmet was not on my head. DOH! I forgot it on the train ! In my hurry to
> > unleash the X and squeeze out the door before it closes I left it on the
> > seat. The thing that gets me is not the helmet but my Freakin light I just
> > bought earlier in the week. It was a NiteRider
> > I just got it on sale for $99 normally $189 it is a bitchin light. So after
> > cussing myself out for being a "Big Dummy" I called lost and found and put
> > in a Log on it. I hope it shows up. Well other than that it was a nice
> > ride/trip I got back to the car and realized what Randy Paucsh in his last
> > lecture <http://download.srv.cs.cmu.edu/%7Epausch/> says "It's just
> > stuff" I can get more stuff. Anyway the train is an awesome way to go, next
> > time San Clemente beach!
> > namaste'
> > Carl
> Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and feed him
> for a lifetime. Teach a man to cycle and he will realize fishing is stupid
> and boring. Desmond Tutu