Just landed a new job, and the commute is a 9 mile mix of suburban houses, country lanes, and about 150 yards of the A49. The route is at this link if anyone is interested. The section of the route between 3 and 6 miles on the map are predominantly countryside. Last weekend, I rode the route and checked out a promising looking turning. Sure enough, there is a shortcut which cuts out a busy street and takes me round the edge of a 1950's council estate, emerging via an unmade road onto the A49, just along from the office. Yesterday was my first day, so I drove into work. Even driving the route was pleasant. There is a shower in the building, so I rode in today. Riding in was excellent, the weather was perfect (ish, there was a northerly headwind). Hearing birds sing and seeing horses grazing on the way to work makes one feel lucky to be alive. It's a good ride, about 35 minutes; it is long enough to start getting aerobic anyway. There are a couple of decent slopes too which got me puffing! The only arse is that I have a laptop which I'm expected to take it home each night. I still haven't got my own drawer cabinet, so there's nowhere to stash my shoes either. Still, I think in a day or two I'll have discretely stopped using the laptop bag I was given, instead using a fairly smart single pannier to transport it. I'll have found somewhere to stash my bulky shoes too. And it's still only June people, this is the best time of year to be commuting! Happy days!!