Observations from the Bike Trail
Today I went for a longer bike ride all by my lonesome. I started at my usual spot, but this time vowed to go farther before turning around and heading back. I calculated that I did about 14 miles round trip, which is pretty darn good for this newbie bicyclist.
In Seattle and neighboring regions today, the sun was out, and temperatures were up in the 70s. This is heaven around here. The lakes are gorgeous, the wisteria is fragrant and sweetly pungent, and everyone and their brother, sister, aunt, uncle, and long lost relative gets outdoors to do something – anything.
This was my first longer ride and it was *very* crowded on the bike trails, and this generated a lot of thoughts and observations about bicycling:
- You can go as fast or as slow as you want and stop as many times as you need to.
- People of all shapes and sizes ride bicycles. No one really cares if you aren’t a lean, trim riding machine. The important thing is to just get out there and do it.
- No one really cares what you wear – it’s only important so you’re comfortable and safe – or if you’re a member of a bicycling club, then everyone wearing the same shirt appears to be mandatory.
bicyclistspeople are just rude, whether you’re riding too, or if you’re a pedestrian. There were times I was slowing down because of people either riding or walking ahead of me, and as I was preparing to pass them, these insane, speed monsters passed me almost making me run into the people in front of them.
- Bicycling is not autocross. If you want to go really, really fast, weave in and out between obstacles (read: people), then go find a track to ride around on, or put cones in a parking lot. Seriously. Riding too fast on a crowded trail is just stupid.
- Riding is for fun. I need to remember the thrill of my first ride and remember to smile. But not too widely. There are lots of bugs along the river when it’s hot. Eewww.
- It baffles me when people don’t wear a helmet. I don’t care how silly they may look, you look a lot sillier dead or a turnip from a brain injury.
- Riding strenuously, and then stopping along the lakeside, sitting in the sun and staring out across the lake is some serious serenity-inducing activity.
- Maybe next ride, I’ll take a lunch.
- . I can’t wait to do this again.