Saturday, May 8, 2010
90. 3,000 miles was so close
My car isn't exactly a high-end car. It runs alright and has been extremely dependable. It's main use is for when either Melissa and I go out on our own. Otherwise, we use the van.
On my first day to school this year (August, 19th 2009) I passed 109,000 miles in the car. As the year went along I was noticing how few miles I was putting on from month to month. From home to my school is 4 miles. The trip to Jewel (grocery store) is 1 mile. To get to Aurora University is 3 miles. Needless to say, that car doesn't travel too far. It wasn't until February or March that I started to wonder if I could go the whole school year keeping under 3,000 miles. I started to bike more to stores or even take the girls in the stroller when I wanted to jog over to Jewel. I felt like I was on track but the miles slowly added up and this week, as Melissa was headed out to run some errands, it crossed the 112,000 mark. 22 more days and the goal would have been met.
I'm proud for how few miles I went over those 8 1/2 months. I'm proud of using my bike and the stroller more to get around. It feels good to get some exercise in when running routine errands. I've even found that when riding my bike it takes just a few minutes longer than when in the car. I see that as being worth it.
It should get even better as far as using alternate modes of transportation. Melissa found a trailer for me to pull the girls along in when I go out on bike rides. This will mean that I can take them out even farther than just the grocery store. I'm excited to start using it and to take the girls around town.