Sunday, February 23, 2014
I awoke to a stunningly beautiful day. Nothing but blue skies from horizon to horizon and though it was still below freezing at 7:00 AM, the promise was for the middle 60s (F) before noon.
And the day did not disappoint. When She(WMBO) left for her nail appointment, she asked, "Where are you riding today?" She knows me so well.
"I figure Arundel Mills Mall. I'll take the BWI (Airport) bike trail and turn left instead of right before the Rental Car place."
"Maybe we can have lunch."
That was dependent if I got my chores done first, including the towels in the laundry. I love to run or ride or hit the Y but I always try to make sure what I need to do is done before I do what I want to do. But as the morning progressed, it was looking like lunch was going to happen.
Unfortunately, I tried to play it safe and stick to the bike trails as opposed to the designated bike share roads. That is a longer route. Then I discovered that the bike trails were still snow covered in shady places. Snow that had melted and refrozen. So I had to reroute or travel slower on the ones I couldn't avoid, adding miles and time. My 10 mile/1 hour trip to the mall became 17miles/2.2 hours. She and her friend didn't wait for me and they were gone.
But I had a wonderful lunch at a new chicken place, new to the USA from South Africa: Nando's. It just arrived in the DC area in the last couple of years and is now in downtown Baltimore, downtown Annapolis (both in very hip areas), and Arundel MIlls food court (oddly enough).
The ride home was much easier because it was shorter and on cleared roads all the way. I did the 10.5 miles in well under an hour. Yes the return trip was nearly seven miles shorter.
I had an interesting encounter on one of the trails.
In the park, a family stopped on the path to pet someone's dog. They blocked the path totally and showed no sign of moving. It was a chance to have some water and an apple. But as I waited and waited after the apple was consumed, I muttered to myself, mostly under my breath, "Geez! Come. On. Clear a path."
The Mom was passing me at that very moment and clearly heard me and commented, "Well, you know it IS a public park."
"Funny," I told her, "I was just thinking the exact same thing because you may notice that my access to the park is being blocked by a small crowd of people ahead, and yet I wait with fading patience."
She heaved a heavy sigh. "COME ON YOU GUYS. THIS GUY IS IN A HURRY!"
Actually I think I demonstrated the exact opposite.