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Bike followup

Friday, August 24, 2012

I made it home under my own power yesterday, despite further realizing that part of my problem might well have been not eating anything all day. It was a slow ride, but I made it.

Felt punky for the rest of the day, but I believe that I may be actually fighting off the horrible flu that has been circulating through town. Which would be awesome.

This afternoon, DD and I are riding down to an open house designed to get feedback for people's ideas of what to do with the lower level of the half-mile-long bridge that spans the Cuyahoga river. When the Detroit-Superior bridge was built early in the last century, the upper level was for car traffic and the lower level for streetcars. Since the streetcar lines were closed in the 50s, that whole level of the bridge has set vacant expect for the occasional tourist visit. Now there is talk of opening it for bike and pedestrian traffic, and adding some shopping. I think it's a really exciting idea and would love to be able to cross that bridge without sharing the narrow lanes with large trucks!

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HOLLY255255 8/26/2012 2:02PM

    It would be wonderful for biking riding! I wish we had bike friendly roads where I live.

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ATHENAPOWER 8/25/2012 12:31PM

    That bridge idea sounds great. There are a few similar projects in the Hudson Valley. Feel better!

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DOTTIEJANE1 8/25/2012 11:44AM

    What a great idea.

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    Sounds like a good way to repurpose a historical landmark!


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BLUE42DOWN 8/24/2012 1:24PM

    Hehe, you have the same attitude toward "fighting off" the flu that I do - that it's awesome to go through some ugh moments while your body fights rather than actually get sick with it.

Enjoy your day!

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CHEFSOPHIE 8/24/2012 1:13PM

    That does sound like a great idea. Glad you are feeling better today.

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Yesterday I felt very sick. Today, I had two court dockets to attend; 9:30 am and 1:00 pm. I decides that I would drive to the morning one, run an errand, come home, and then decide if I felt up to biking back to the afternoon one. DD came home last night and we talked about her riding along with me.

This morning's docket, which usually is a 45-minute affair, took almost 2 hours. I rushed to run my errand and clattered through the door with the same plan: determine if DD was up to riding.

See what I did there?

DD said no, but I was running late and on autopilot by that time. I pulled on bike shorts and changed shoes, packed up my stuff and took off.

I was over halfway to town before my brain caught up and said, "wait a minute! Am I up to this?!"

The answer is pretty much, not really. But I was committed by then. So there I was, sitting in court feeling kind of nauseated. Again.

I'm really not very bright....

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DOTTIEJANE1 8/24/2012 11:12AM

    Hope you got some water and took it easy on the way home . Have a great weekend .

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DOGLADY13 8/23/2012 8:35PM

    Ugh. Hope you are feeling better. I went through three days of headaches this week. Not fun, they just sap the life out of you.

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KATHYSCOLLIES 8/23/2012 7:23PM

    I hope you took it easy or got a drive home too!

Were you able to put a "bright smile" on for the client and judge, in spite of not feeling very bright?

Hope you feel better soon!


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CHEFSOPHIE 8/23/2012 3:47PM

    I hope you took it easy going home or called your daughter and asked her to pick you up.

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Just keep swimming....

Monday, August 20, 2012

Biked 15 miles yesterday, which helped the moodiness some, then had a bout of migraine syndrome, which might explain much of the moodiness. Marginally migrainey this morning--headache is vaguely there, but much more with the nausea and light sensitivity.

Nevertheless, there is work to be done....

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    Feel better!

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CHEFSOPHIE 8/20/2012 11:18AM

    Hope you start feeling better. Head aches are no fun

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ATHENAPOWER 8/20/2012 9:18AM

    I don't get them, so I have no idea... feel better soon!

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CMCBRIDE37 8/20/2012 9:13AM

    I get migraines too...about once a month. If I catch it early with an Excedrine (if you can find them in the store), I can ward off a really bad one. If not then the excedrine dulls it enough to function until I can lay down. I am not severe enough to move into stronger drugs.

Hope you feel better.

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Sunday, August 19, 2012

I'm just a bundle of fury and crankiness today. I'm not used to this. I'm usually a pretty happy person.

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CHEFSOPHIE 8/19/2012 6:58PM

    Well there is always tomorrow.

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2BDYNAMIC 8/19/2012 6:37PM

    Do yu think you might be really tired? I know I feel like that when I need to rest and even take an old fashioned nap! .... (we tend to do MORE than we even realize in a given week .... emoticon

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GAELA-I-CAN 8/19/2012 6:31PM

    Hey we all have those days. Luckily for you they are infrequent ! emoticon

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Ride on the road, ride on the road, ride on the road!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

A friend of mine was just hit by a car while riding her bike. She wasn't badly injured, thank goodness.

When we discussed the circumstances of the accident, my suspicions were confirmed: she'd been riding on the sidewalk, and was hit by a driver who was turning right from a stop sign. The driver did not check to the right, but only looked left, and hit my friend as she entered the intersection from the sidewalk.

And this is how most bike/car collisions happen: cyclists on the sidewalk, car in the road. As in, these kinds of accidents are 25 TIMES more frequent than accidents involving a bike on a major road with no designated bike lanes at all.

State law in most states indicates that bikes are road vehicles, allowed on all roads except where expressly prohibited (usually just freeways), and in most states adults are actually prohibited by law from riding on the sidewalk. But people continue to ride on the sidewalk from a mistaken apprehension that this is safer for the cyclist.

It's NOT. It's not safer for the cyclist, and it's certainly not safer for pedestrians using the sidewalk, because bikes travel MUCH faster than foot traffic. So a bike on the sidewalk is a hazard to other people and a hazard to itself.

I know it's scary to start riding on the road. Cars go much faster, and are so much bigger. But it only *seems* safer to be on the sidewalk.

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TATTER3 8/19/2012 5:28AM

    I live in the country and we have a lot of drivers who think of themselves as the 'Dukes of Hazard' and could care less if a cyclist might be over the next blind hill. I get fussed at all the time for 'driving too slow' (the speed limit or a little less). Keep pushing the word!

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THOMS1 8/18/2012 3:56PM

    Good to know!

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CHEFSOPHIE 8/18/2012 3:29PM

    I never knew that. I did know that bike on sidewalks were a hazard. I am a big chicken when it comes to riding on the road so my biking which is not a lot is confined to a bike path.

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    I agree that bikes have no business on sidewalks. They are vehicles and as such are safer on roads. I actually walk on the road sometimes ignoring the sidewalk because it is less uneven than the sidewalks and is safer to walk on. If I encounter a runner or walker on the road, it is easier to avoid them, but if we meet on the sidewalk, it is that much more dangerous.

My kids learned to ride on the road using road safety and laws. They also wore helmets. One has replaced his helmet six times due to damage. The others don't ride as much.

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KBFROST 8/18/2012 1:48PM

    How scary. I live in a city with a ton of cyclists so I am constantly on the look out. It always throws me off when someone is on the sidewalk, my husband and I get so frustrated. I'm glad your friend is ok.

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