Before Declan was born, I had to drive to Hayward everyday for work. It took 45 minutes into work in the morning, and an hour and a half on the way home because I had to drive through San Francisco twice to pick up the kids. I hated it. My back always hurt, I was always late and the road was really bad. On very rainy days, I wouldn't go to work because 580 through Oakland does not have adequate drainage and I had seen several cars flip over in the rain over the years. The final straw was the day I saw a car flip over and the kids in the back seat get ejected out of the back windshield.
This is my commute, now. It takes just about as long, but I am way happier than I was. Eighteen miles round trip, with a BART ride in the middle. The best parts of my commute are the time I get to read on the train,
the glory of the Ohlone Greenway,
and my fellow commuters, on bikes, of course! I passed 28 cyclists on the Greenway! That is more than ever before, and I was riding after the commute hour was over!
I still would like to have a job closer to home once the Summer is done. Until then, I will enjoy my occasional commute across the Bay. It is my time to myself. My time to plan. My time to read. My time to ride!