Road Hazards and Rainbows

Today turned out better than expected. The forecast called for rain, but it held off until late in the day. I was able to get in a good ride and run after for yet another brick workout. The wind was a factor, a big factor. My ride today was along the roads in the Cuyahoga National Park where the towpath is. I have to drive my bike to ride there, but it is a welcomed journey since it is much flatter with modest hills compared to what I ride around my home. I was quite surprised at the attitude of the cars that passed. When I ride the mostly rural roads by my home, the cars pass carefully are almost never beep. Even though I am riding along a road with many other cyclist, signs of a bicycle with “Share the Road” written on them, and in a National Park – I must have had five different cars beep their horns. One minivan waited until she was next to me and then beeped long and loud. When I got to a light and the BMW that beeped and swerved right in front of me was stopped it took everything in me not to remind him I could own that car of his and his house if he hit me. When I ride I am so aware of the road hazards – potholes, road kill, branches, and listening for cars. I don’t expect the cars to intentionally create additional hazards.

After I road just over 20 miles I decided the wind was the greatest hazard when a semi truck passed me and the draft from the truck coupled with the strong winds nearly knocked me over. I put my bike in my car, put on my running shoes (and yes, remembered to take off my helmet and gloves) and headed out on the towpath for a two mile run. I remembered to take my electrolyte caps before I road and my run was a good one. No cramping, a good pace, and my breathing adjusted within the first half mile.

After my workout I was able to drive over and visit my father. He lives much closer to the towpath than I do. I get over to see him every week, but in the summer I like to work my ride into a visit. For 91, soon to be 92 in August, he is holding up well. Spending some time with him quickly took the frustrating thoughts of the drivers along my ride away. I was reminded that days are fleeting and each moment is to be appreciated. Hopefully the drivers who like to use their horns found a moment today too that awakened them to what is to be appreciated.

On my way home the rain started to fall in various areas. I could see the clouds and rain ahead of me, but fortunately I was either too late or too early to actually be rained on. The best reminder I saw was a rainbow off on the horizon. A reminder that after a storm, or challenge, there is sunshine. And that is a moment to appreciate.

Published by elisariva

I want to encourage everyone to follow your passions, not just what is easy. It is in overcoming hurdles and barriers that we truly test our limits and abilities. There is much more we are capable of if we only believe in ourselves.

4 thoughts on “Road Hazards and Rainbows

  1. I was riding the other day when the driver of a car COMING FROM THE OTHER DIRECTION stuck his head out the window and yelled, “Stay on the sidewalk where you belong!” No matter that I was doing almost 30 mph (downhill) at the time! I was obeying all traffic laws, affecting him in no way, and I don’t think the pedestrians on the sidewalk would have appreciated me screaming by at 30 mph! Some drivers are just out of control… probably shouldn’t be driving themselves.

    1. So true! My reply when I am told bikes should be on bike paths or sidewalks, I remind them that when on my ROAD bike I must obey traffic rules or I could get a ticket for running a stop sign or even speeding!

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