Dr. Nye’s Daily Bicycle Commute -
By: Steve Nye
Dr. Nye’s Daily Bicycle Commute
The snow has finally melted in the Milwaukee area which means I am well into my 3rd season of commuting to VaxPro on my bicycle. My friends and my acquaintances often ask me why am I doing this? And, most importantly, do I shower?
The Why is easy. Fresh air, beautiful scenery and heart-pumping exercise. If I rode directly to the new VaxPro offices, it would be a short ride taking only a few minutes from my house. But, it usually takes me 45 minutes to get there every morning? That’s because I make a big right turn and take the long way!
I like to ride along the banks of the Milwaukee River to see the sun shimmering off the water and hopefully view wild life teeming along the banks. I ride up and down roads in River Hills imagining what it would be like to live in the enormous mansions. I usually see the same people jogging or walking their dogs. Most days, I am serenaded with a few taps on the horn from the FedEx guy. If you live in Mequon, chances are good that you will see me. Honk three times and I will know it’s a friend.
My ride is usually pretty amazing and wonderful and I arrive at VaxPro in the best mood. But sometimes I get caught in a storm (it’s Wisconsin) or someone is driving too fast or too close to me. I play it safe. I try to take the road less traveled and always wear my helmet, reflectors and carry my cell phone. Sunscreen too. My bike is a Trek Crossrip (Limited Edition) with hydraulic disk brakes - recommended for anyone riding in foul weather. It’s easy on the eyes too.
I ride thousands of outdoor miles each season. Shower? Sometimes.