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Sunny days like today are made for getting out.

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.
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    People at the park where I walk sometimes will walk 3 abreast. The path is about that wide, so when I come upon them I usually have to walk off the path. Once I actually walked into a woman (4-abreast) because I wasn't gonna hop in a puddle and she didn't want to move either. Seriously, you can still talk with your buddies if you a step behind them for just a moment. Common courtesy.
    1575 days ago
    Jerks. Just because it's a public park doesn't mean that common courtesy isn't necessary. The roads are public, too, but that doesn't mean it's a good idea to block the road with a group of people for purposes of petting a dog in the middle of the road.
    1575 days ago
    People who act like that are just morons. I always move my girls to the side when they want to say hi! Hope the rest of your day is awesome.
    1575 days ago
    Glad you didn't bean one of them with the apple core!

    I am glad you didn't let the rudeness of some people spoil the beauty of your ride on this sunny day.
    1575 days ago
    So funny - I went for a short run yesterday in a park near my house. I noticed from the road the track/path looked clear, but alas - shady spots still had snow and ice which I discovered while I was trying to run.. Also - the families would walk across the whole path and block it. I am not running through a puddle because you can't move over. Or - if I do run through a puddle - you will get splashed! hee hee

    Glad you got out for a ride!

    1575 days ago
  • STR458
    emoticon say no more...people are mind-numbing....ride on...oops! (didn't mean to roll over their toes)
    1575 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/23/2014 10:17:35 AM
    people are so into themselves and rude..... glad you had a good ride and you did retrain yourself! I would have said EXCUSE ME!
    1575 days ago
    Some people are so dense. How long would it have taken to part ways and let you pass?
    1575 days ago
    Enjoy today! The polar vortex returns this week.
    1575 days ago
    Sounds like you had a beautiful ride. Funny how differently people can see things!
    1575 days ago
  • CIPHER1971
    Great ride, and great patience displayed
    1576 days ago
  • ZRIE014
    have a great day
    1576 days ago
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