So, I have officially ridden the bus to work and back for a full week now. Woohoo! I am very proud of myself! It has been something I have been trying to get into doing since sometime last year. I think I rode it once - had a slightly unpleasant experience - then the winter Indiana weather kicked in and I decided to stay in the comforts of my toasty car with its heated leather seats.
Now that springtime and pleasant weather has returned to central Indiana, I have decided to give commuting via the bus a second chance.
I want to ride the bus for several reasons. 1. I find driving in rush hour traffic to and from downtown Indianapolis to be increasingly stressful and boring. 2. I want to be more green and since I am not carpooling with anyone - I can do so by riding the bus part of the way to work. 3. The price of gas has shot through the roof it seems! I hate watching the gas needle go down each day - really disheartening.
So, off on my bus adventure I go. With my spare change and my route map in hand. :)
Today marks the end of my first official full week of riding the bus. I must say that it has become a pleasant experience. The first few days were almost more stressful than driving to work in rush hour has ever been - but I wasn't familiar with the schedule, the route, where the stops were, the drivers or the riders. Right around Wednesday it finally all clicked for me. Now I no longer ride with my eyes glued to to the front window straining to see where my stop is - now I know where the best stop to get off downtown is and I know about how long it takes to get back. I know that the 5:07 bus actually hits the stop around 5:02 and doesn't wait. I know which bus drivers are nice and which are gruff.
I now feel comfortable enough to pull my book out and read for 20 minutes or plan out my day. I was worried at first that I would find myself stranded if something ever came up - which nothing has yet. And instead of filling up my gas tank this week - I only spent $15 for bus fare. I can handle that!