Greater Manchester covers a very large area, a total of 493 square miles. While it does boasts highways and motorways to help you navigate this metropolitan, I find these roads unpredictable, frustrating and stinky. PM 2.5 and PM 10 scare the heeby jeebies out of me.
So i choose to cycle
Some days though I need to travel to a meeting or an event. This can mean anything between 10 and 25 miles round trip commuting. I do this on OGDEN Origin for many reasons.
On particular morning I needed to go from home in central Manchester to Bury in the
North to a business meeting, a total of 12 miles. It was the peak of the morning congestion. The time I needed to travel meant 52 minutes in the car (according to google maps) breathing fumes from exhaust pipe in front of my car and sharing the stress with other drivers moving slowly in the traffic. SO i planned a cycle route, it was mainly off road, taking in 18th century canals, leafy National cycle routes, green disused railways and quiet roads. It was a great route, exploring areas i wouldn't normally see. It took me 1 hour and 5 minutes, only 15 minutes slower than a car (obviously without calculating the time to find a place to park my car).
OGDEN Origin assisted me all the way flattening the hills and putting the wind behind me. I felt my legs but i wasn't tired. In contrary i was awake and ready for the meeting.
Now, the last thing i wanted to do was to turn up sweaty and smelly, carrying a change of clothing and trying not to find a shower or at least a bathroom where i could have a quick wash and get change. This didn't need to happen. I didn't sweat and I didn't need to change. I was ready to start both physically and mentally. Research has shown that exercise rises blood pressure and glucose levels which make us fell more alert and content.
I decided to have my lunch brakes on my return journey to work in Sale. The distance to the office was 15 miles but the battery lasted all the way back. I had a sandwich break along the canal and fed the ducks. Work and play together at last. Longer commutes no longer seem a challenge but an adventure and a chance to explore further.
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