so much for adding me as a Spark friend. .. I am happy to have you as a Spark friend as well. I just enjoyed looking at your pictures....( Very nice)..... I can see you are very active and enjoy the outdoors.... That is great!..... have a wonderful weekend and look forward to getting acquainted.. 34 days ago
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.