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Public transit adventures

Ahhh, logistics. This morning I got up at 5 so I could make breakfast and then catch a bus over the Richmond Bridge to another bus that will take me up to Petaluma.

It's almost the exact same route I took a little under a year ago to visit Sonoma State to give a talk. My one-way trip time is about 2.5 hours, compared to an estimated 1-hour drive time or considerably longer bike time.

This trip is preparation for the Petaluma Marathon row next Sunday. I will probably have to rent a car and drive for that trip because marathoners are scheduled to start rowing at 6 am and the buses don't run that early. Today's trip on the earliest buses will get me there just after 9 am. The most frustrating part of having to rent a car is not being able to transport a boat on my own. Car-topping boats is not a trivial undertaking.

I was reading the other day about the addition of public bus service to popular trailheads in Washington, because apparently one of the main reasons a subset of people still have cars is just so they can escape the urban fabric to go hiking. I was really excited about the possibility of using a point-to-point car rental service here. The cars even have roof racks and can carry a bicycle, and the rates are decent. I might even be tempted to try car-topping a boat on one someday. But then I discovered that my smartphone is already too obsolete for the app. Infernal walled gardens!

I am grateful this time to already be somewhat familiar with the bus routes and stations. I am even more grateful to have discovered, this morning, that the San Rafael Transit Center has a bathroom. When I take a trip like this one I think a lot about what life would be like for the working poor. It would be hard to have a commute of this nature.

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