Thank you for you comment on my "First Ever Group Road Bike Ride With Strangers" blog. I can now say "been there - done that - don't need to do it again". I agree with you that the group ride was too confining. However, the good news is that I am becoming familiar with the vast interconnected concrete bike trail system in Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins and the Rocky Mountain Front Range. I could ride 478.15 miles on a network of continuous paved bike paths in Colorado and never ride the same trail twice - and not touch a road with cars. This 478.15 miles does not include streets or roads with dedicated bike lanes.
I have used the dedicated bike lanes through downtown Denver, but have found it nerve racking. 99.9% of cars respect the bike lanes. I worry about the 0.1% that are texting, putting on makeup, yelling at rowdy kids in the back seat, and/or drunk.
Last night at 1st and Gilpin in Denver, a cyclist was killed by a hit-and-run driver. This is exactly the same place that I was hit by a car a few years ago. I survived - but I do physical therapy every morning because of permanent injuries. I have had two operations to rebuild torn ligaments and tendons, and may have to have vertebrae in my back and neck fused.
Thank you for the generous compliment but I'll counter it with this.........when we read a story here and find it motivating, we're really looking in a mirror showing us what we are capable of doing ourselves. We all are fighting our own battles as we work toward the goals we have and no journey is without admirable moments ( along with those we would like to forget..LOL).
Anyway, thank you for reading and commenting. Now I think I have to take some time to read your story! Spark on! 354 days ago