I just received word from the mechanic that the transmission system in my car “blew up.” Maybe it just wore out after 220,000 miles. I was always proud of how many miles I put on that car and wanted to see how far I could push it. The mechanic said it will cost more than $1,000 to fix it and I wonder if it is worth it to put that much money into a nearly 20 year old car. The end result is that now, my bike is my only means of transport, unless I want my wife to drive me everywhere. Maybe this will force me to do that winter commute that I have been dreading for so long?