The adventure this year that is called Ride My Bike To Work started out this week with clear, cold, windy days. My father-in-law used to talk about days like this.
Monday was the legal New Year’s holiday and I sure noticed a reduction in the traffic that day. Here is Trafficway heading east under the Glenstone viaduct, often a place of problems when people are tempted to thread the needle when I am passing through (note the Bike Route sign!). In fact, this happened to me a week or so before Christmas. The culprit turned out to be my own neighbor!! Now, what would you do? On the way home this very evening, a driver did the same close maneuver, so close that I yelled at her. She heard me since she turned her head, but proceeded on down the road. One can only hope that she will not attempt it again.
Dangers on the road besides drivers and glass are these spiney balls from gum trees. They can be as treacherous as gravel. Hmm, on second thought some folks might think me a danger on the road…
My brother is a future cyclist who lives in Lakeland, Florida. He sent a couple of pics of the bike/hike lanes that go through his neighborhood and around Lake Hollingsworth. We were down there last February for a family reunion and the weather was so nice that, as I said at the time, I forgot is was winter.
Florida as a whole is just a large sand dune, that’s what Rick says.
View of a crime scene
My son recently mentioned on Facebook the movie Bonnie and Clyde. Now, I showed up on the scene long after these two murderers were gone. But, they occasionally passed through Springfield and I found out that I have had a brush with them, so to speak.
In 1933 they kidnapped a Springfield police officer and released him later on out west toward Joplin. What does this have to do with me? I happen to pass through the intersection where the kidnapping took place on my commute to and from work.
B&C were coming north across the viaduct and turned east (left in the pic) onto the street between the bridge and the church on the left. At that point they kidnapped the policeman that had stopped them.
It may be that the Shrine Mosque and the church are the only remaining structures in this part of town from that time frame.
May your own rides/life lack such an event!