|The calender may still say Spring, but it's Summer out here!|
|I was sporting my German cycling cap given to me by Gerald.|
I had to string together bits of gravel interspersed with pavement due to my limited amount of ride time, but what gravel I did get in was fun. Once back into town I had to traverse the ever expanding sidewalk network of the University of Northern Iowa and then onward toward the bike paths.
The bike paths are very busy, as you might expect on such a sunny, warm day. The last few outings on the bike paths have reminded me why I avoid these paths in Summer. It is because these flattish paths with their super-smooth pavement and sheltered from the wind nature bring out the time trial and roadie wannabees in droves. These fellows, (mostly guys anyway), tend to blow by you as if they are late for work and almost never acknowledge a wave or greeting from me. Nice! I don't know, but to my mind, if you really want to be all aggro, go out and test yourselves on the open roads in the full brunt of the wind and elements. Let the recreationalists and children have the paths without fear of being scared or worse by your seemingly aloof, uncaring attitudes. At least I gave everybody I met a wide berth, a wave and a smile, and slowed down for children. Not that I'm a saint or anything, but it's what you should do, I think.
Well, the bike paths cut off a huge chink of distance back home for me from the West, but I believe I'll avoid those paths again for the Summer at least. Certainly on weekends. Not worth the aggravation and near misses. I have good, alternative routes that I can ride away from all of that. Still, the ride I did get in was good. I felt decent, and the heat was not debilitating. So far so good........