Last week, I had an errand to run on my way home from work. I'd put it off all week because I didn't want to get back on my bike for an uphill ride after getting home.
So I did some Google Maps research, and found a way to hit the store after getting off at Rockridge instead of MacArthur. And then the ride was mostly downhill.
So yesterday I did essentially the same ride without stopping at the store. Jennifer and I think I made it home at just about the same time.
I looked at the distances and it's only two-tenths of a mile farther from Rockridge, and with the majority of it being downhill it's similar time. All this because after Rockridge, the BART tracks and Highway 24 turn a bit south.
On a related note, I was paying a little more attention yesterday than Friday, and noticed that the Safeway at Claremont and College is gone. There's just an empty lot ringed in fence. I checked the website, and it's still listed, so I'm guessing that it's being renovated. And it sure needed it.