I tried hard though! I did! I got up later than I had originally intended, but I was on the road by 8--over an hour before my normal departure time. Why so early? Free pancakes for cyclists at the 2nd Street Market downtown.
Upside: Aweseom, free food!
Downside: Where the heck is this place?
I knew the general location, so I headed off, opposite the location of my workplace. After about 8 miles, 2 wrong turns, and questioning two people, I found it. It was actually not hard to find for someone with rudimentary navigational skills.
The setup they had was pretty sweet. Tons of (giant) free pancakes, lots of information booths, and a surprising number of people there at that time (around 8:45 I suppose). I ate my pancake as quickly as I could, and was back on mybike at 9:00. I was iffy as to whether I could make the 8 mile ride to work on time considering I also had to ride 8 miles to my apartment first. Hmmm. If I averaged 16mph and changed in under 5 minutes, I'd just manage it. I was pushing into the wind on the wayback though, and my pancake-filled stomach and out-of-shape legs didn't like pushing me any more than 14 or 15. Sadder yet, when I turned south on Creekside my left knee starting giving some pretty serious pain--I'm not sure what it was, but it was not good, and I cut my speed down to about 10mph, resigning myself to driving.
Oddly enough, Bike to Work Day was one of the only days I didn't ride last Spring as well. I may have a problem.
Unfortunately I didn't get any pictures as my camera died before I could even take one shot. Hopefully it just wants new batteries.