It's been a week since I've been officially carless. It definitely takes some getting used to. The biggest thing is getting to and from the office.
While I can work from home, I don't want to do it permanently. If I don't get out of the house now and again, I start to go a little crazy.
Plus... someone has decided to finally be a lap cat...
So.... a couple times a week, Dave is dropping me off at the office (it's not too far out of his own path to work), but since he generally works until 9 pm or so, I'm taking transit home.
Since the office is 60 km (37 mi) and six towns/cities away, and our region doesn't exactly have the best transit system, it's a bit of an under taking. In theory, it should work like this:
I take the free shuttle from the office to the local GO station (GO is the regional transit system from all outlying cities/towns into Toronto), I catch the train and take it from Toronto, through Mississauga, Oakville and get off in Burlington. From there I get on a GO bus, and ride that into Hamilton. From the Hamilton GO station, I catch an express city bus (called the Bee Line) and ride that almost to my doorstep. The whole thing should take about 2.5 hours (like I said, It's not the best transit system).
Wednesday of this week was the first time I gave it a whirl... but it didn't exactly go to plan...right from the get go. The free shuttle was 12 minutes late. Which meant I missed my train. Normally the trains run every 15 minutes, but the station closest to work doesn't get full service.... so not only did I have to wait half an hour for the next train.... but that train was only going to Oakville. So in Oakville, I had to wait 10 more minutes, catch another train, and ride that to Burlington. Of course, all this waiting, meant that I was running well behind schedule, and when I finally got into Hamilton, the Bee Line was no longer running.. so that mean instead of one quick city bus, I had to take two slower ones.
In the end... that 2.5 hour trip morphed into 3.25. But it's okay....
Hopefully Monday will be better... if not, expect to see a completed pair of socks soon!