Wednesday, April 23, 2008

from the saddle: earth day, 2008

it was a wonderful spring day: sunny, warm, light northerly wind. great day for two-wheeled travel, right? put it in this context:

1--as i roll out on my scooter to motorpace a few teammates, we are accosted and nearly run over [less than 3 inches, maybe] by a pudge in a small pickup [license plate "snowdog"] who says "i didn't do anything!"
2--as a very large group rolls out of town from bike world, and a natural split twice happens, none-the-less, too many people whose riding strength exceeds their bike-handling skills allows a re-groupment and the inevitable and yet totally avoidable takes place: idiots overlapping the wheels of folks who have no business mixing it up with those around them, sudden braking, and--boom--ass over handlebars, and a bloody and broken face results. kelli goes to hospital after the 3 stooges medical team initially clears her for private transport. 3--the resident of the home at the scene of the crash, when asked for a bag of ice, said, "you guys oughta be on a bike trail," and then sits on the porch, watching in what appeared to be disgust as the events unfolded.
4--later that evening, as i was picking up a couple of badly needed donations to the bike kollective [two highly desired schwinn town and country tricycles], i learned that some anonymous motorist called bike world to complain that "those bikers were going too fast."
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lesson learned: stupidity comes in all forms on earth day.

3 comments:

Buckshot77 said...

The idiots were out in full force with the warmth yesterday. There were a couple of cars that passed us going north out of Des Moines that about hit oncoming traffic trying to pass the peleton as well. You also have to love the cars flying by the accident site at 50+ while there is a huge group of people standing in the road and telling them to slow down...

Best wishes to Kelli for a quick recovery.

Greyt Times said...

W.O.W.

Brett said...

Sounds like it's time for super secret training rides to take place. Used to happen in Boulder when the Bus Stop rides were getting too big, stupid, and dangerous. If you're training on your heavy bombproof wheels and tires, which you should be, take a turn off on the gravel and have a go, worked in Boulder