Here are a few reflections from my time without a car:
- Living in a location where it is easy to walk to entertainment is such a great thing. It is one of the main reasons I wouldn't want to live in other parts of the city. From my place I can walk to two great coffee shops, three sports bar/restaurants, two of my good friends' houses, a grocery store, an ice cream shop, the post office, and tons of other stuff. My time in Chicago showed me how great it is to have that ability. It may take a little longer, but it more relaxing and healthier to be able to walk.
- It reminded me that a bike is a great way to get around town, not just a tool to get a workout. Again, during college, a little, and especially in Chicago, my bike was a great way to get places that may have been too far to walk or just to get there quicker than on foot. But since moving back to Iowa I have pretty much just used my bike to get out and log some miles on the trails, which is fantastic, but a totally different purpose. I had a great morning last week when I got up, aired up the tires on my old hybrid and enjoyed the cool air, riding over to grab breakfast at La Mie and a haircut at the Roosevelt barber.
- I've got good family & friends! caboose and homebase each drove to Avoca to meet and help me get home to help prepare for homebase's upcoming move and then they did it again so I could get back to Des Moines. caboose, nicole and haley gave me rides whenever and were flexible with plans to accomodate me.
- I like my Jeep. Three weeks is a while and when I got back in the driver's seat, it felt good. Almost as good as that icy cold air conditioning blowing out of my vents. I drove around that day after picking it up, just enjoying the liberty of it.