I start riding down off the hill that Chapel Hill is named for (cold on winter mornings, much more effective than coffee to wake up), go through the 'burbs out of Orange County to Durham County, head down a rural road where cars fly by me, then hit the suburbs of Durham and my office. The route home is a little more relaxing, no hurry, plus I take a bike path around the big hill to a more graded uphill route. Tend to work 7:00 to 3:30 when I bicycle. Less traffic, and more daylight on winter afternoons.
I love to cycle, and I work in a less-than-friendly bike commuting area, although Chapel Hill around the university is not bad. Road construction near my office has discouraged me from not riding more.
I started bike commuting because I hated being stuck in a car when the weather is beautiful, plus the other drivers were annoying me. Cycling helps with enjoying the weather, but I find myself more annoyed with the cars while on my bike. Maybe I should go to road rage therapy.
My building does not allow bikes inside (a rule I regularly disregard). I enjoy chaining up my bike to a well-landscaped tree under my office window (hint, hint). Unfortunately, no bike rack has appeared outside yet.