Comparitively Speaking

With about a gallon of 87 octane left in my truck’s gas tank, if I’d reeeeeeeally wanted to yesterday I could’ve put off filling her up and then gone ahead and accumulated an additional week’s worth of bike-commuting mileage. But I’d driven to Burbank Sunday morning to help rearrange some furniture for my mom, and then hit the nearby Costco afterward (in need of heavy stuff like canned dog food and cat food and a 36-pack of Diet Pepsi). Since that store had a station on site, I decided to just go ahead and replenish my trusty pick-up’s fuel supply — a chore last done all the way back on March 6.

In that 38 days, I put 225 miles on my Nissan’s odometer. On my bike I logged 740 miles. That’s a travel ratio of better than 3:1, bike to car.

Can I haz gold star?

Taking a longer-viewed look the difference isn’t near as disparate, but across the 11 months since my 10-year old truck’s odometer hit 100,000 on May 4, 2007, I have driven 3,021 miles while biking 3,869 miles.

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Will Campbell arrived in town via the maternity ward at Good Sam Hospital way back in OneNineSixFour and has never stopped calling Los Angeles home. Presently he lives in Silver Lake with his wife Susan, their cat Rocky, dogs Terra and Hazel, and a red-eared slider turtle named Mater. Blogging since 2001, Will's web endeavors extend back to 1995 with, a comprehensive theater site that was well received but ever-short on capital (or a business model). The pinnacle of his online success (which speaks volumes) arrived in 1997, when much to his surprise, a hobby site he'd built called VisuaL.A. was named "best website" in Los Angeles magazine's annual "Best of L.A." issue. He enjoys experiencing (and writing about) pretty much anything creative, explorational and/or adventurous, loves his ebike, is a better tennis player than he is horr golfer, and a lover of all creatures great and small -- emphasis on "all."