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Criminal Commute!

Friday, August 02, 2013

I truly didn't wake up this morning with plans to break any rules.

However while cycling my way to work on my usual commute I see a sign posted at the entrance of Otsiningo Park that all trails are closed for the SpeidieFest & Balloon Rally August 2, 3 & 4th. Yeah, okay, I mutter as I sail by the sign around the gate: gotta get to work!

SO further on into the park what do I find but a padlocked gate with wire fencing wrapped around the ends of the gate so that there was no simple walkaround! By now I'm feeling a little bit of Michael Douglas' pain as he felt just trying to blast his way home in Falling Down!

I just WASN'T going to backtrack all the way up to Chenango Bridge and come down Chenango Street. I would be late for WORK!

All righty then, UP goes the bike as I hoist it over the gate and follow suit swinging my legs up and over. I'm just peeved enough to have words with someone should they start chastising me! I've ridden my bike through the park on the morning of SpeidieFest for years! The park has never been closed until today. I make my way through the park with nary a peep from anyone, including the security guard at the gate on the other end of the park. I was ready for him though! PLUS I wasn't even rewarded by one of my favorite sights: no hot air balloon launches this spectacularly sunny, blue morning with the fog quickly lifting skyward.

But it all was smoothed out by the remainder of the ride through Cheri Lindsay Park along the sprawling Chenango River and gaggles of geese lazing about squonking, feeding themselves and fertilizing the trail.

It's pretty tough to have a cycling commute that one regrets. Even last Friday's commute, for instance, when I got TWO flats only 2.5 miles from my home. My mistake was assuming that the first flat was a pinch flat resulting from not totally avoiding a pot-hole. I quickly changed the flat without checking the inside of the tire, because it was a pinch flat, right? Wrong...! Glass all over. No more tubes. What to do? I figured by the time I call home to rouse DW for a lift I could probably jog home and hop in the car without bothering her. Yes, yes, there was Kattellville Hill to climb, but hey, I've done that before, right? Whew! It was a challenge, for sure, especially hanging onto my bike with one hand and avoiding collisions between the pedal and my ankle...which I almost succeeded in doing (ouch). But after I was done I figured, hey, workout is done, I'm ready for the day! It's all good!

I have some really awesome plans in the works for special rides coming up later this summer, but more about that in my next blog. Today I have to decide on tomorrow's ride: I have registered for, a whole $15... :-) But have since learned that the 60-some mile ride starts at 7:30 a.m. And the start is around an hour's drive from home. Ugh. An alternative ride was posted by a fellow club member who is riding to Norwich for the www.chenangosummerjam.or

This ride will be cruising right by the front of my home around 9:30 a.m. and will be around the same distance and feature free live entertainment. I think I will consider my $15 fee to BikeTioga as money donated to a good cause and high-tail it to Norwich for a later (hello SLEEP, my good buddy!) ride sharing free music with my fellow bike club members!

Make it a wonderful weekend everyone!

Fill it with boatloads of heart and SPARK!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
HIPPICHICK1 8/13/2013 9:43AM

    Such great adventures!

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L*I*T*A* 8/2/2013 9:49PM

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STRIVERONE 8/2/2013 9:22PM

    I can appreciate the rebellion under pressure. Years ago I drove though a movie set because I felt the commercial interests did not outweigh mine. Those security people did not turn a blind eye.

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OUTDOORGIRL71 8/2/2013 9:00PM

    Sounds like you had a very interesting ride to work. Have fun on your next ride.

Have a great weekend.

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GETSTRONGRRR 8/2/2013 7:03PM

    Sounds exciting and successful....may need to change your screen name to "Felon"

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PATRICIAAK 8/2/2013 6:54PM

    ride on

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WATERMELLEN 8/2/2013 2:52PM

    Totally appreciate your subversiveness . . . and your interpretation of the geese as "fertilizing" the trail (bet they are Canada geese) . . . and your alternate plans that let your DW sleep in . . . and yup, I'm thinking that the sleep in for yourself tomorrow is going to work out best too.

We have a long weekend here!

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LIZZYP609 8/2/2013 2:23PM

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HILLSLUG98239 8/2/2013 11:35AM

    I used to ride through a construction site after getting off work at 10 p.m. It was obvious the construction workers noticed the skinny-tire path through their perfectly flat gravel: they started setting up heavy movers in a way that looked like they were trying to block access. The front-loaders formed a perfect arch, so I zipped up my jersey and held my arms high overhead as I rode under them.

If they'd put up a "No Trespassing" sign, I would have back-tracked 200 feet and utilized an minor detour. I was working in law enforcement at the time. Getting a criminal citation for trespassing on my way home from work would have been embarrasing.

We have hydroplane races here, and access to the bike paths on both sides of the river is limited to paying customers only. This year, Pasco put up signs a few days ahead of time announcing the bike path would be closed. Bless them. Last year, I ran into a volunteer monitoring the bike path a good 500' before the place where I'd assumed the closure would start. I had to slow down because he had an awning covering the path, and I had to negotiate the area between his chair and the awning's legs. Otherwise, I would have whizzed by him so fast I wouldn't have heard his protestations. (There was no sign, just some kid sitting in a lawn chair.)

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RACEWELLWON 8/2/2013 10:34AM

    Wow , what a ride !! Good for you going through the locked gates !! I noticed a few trails being blocked off on the way to the Botanicals Gardens lately due to Weddings , which where never blocked before - forcing us to ride the Horse trails . Good thing I have left my mountain tires on the my bike as the trails are rough. That ride for $15.00 sounds like a great ride. Nice jog with your bike ! Wonder how calories that burned ? lol

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CELIAMINER 8/2/2013 9:45AM

    As the owner of a really nasty NON-bike commute (strong smell of decomp on the Metro this morning, for example), I had to read your entertaining blog and cheer along with you as you found a way past that padlocked gate and took care of your flat times. WooHooo!


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CHANGE4FIT 8/2/2013 9:36AM

    Glad to hear you "committed the perfect crime" and got away with it. Enjoy your day and the upcoming rides!

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MYKIDSRSWEET 8/2/2013 9:29AM

    Seems like an adventure!

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