After posting some experiences of assisting people on trails in the past, I've been called a Scout. Today it was just another ride for Rail Trail Scout.
It was a beautiful, partly sunny, high 70s day. There were more people out on the rail trails than I've ever seen on a weekday. Still not crowded by any means, but on my 34-mile ride, I saw nearly 30 other trail users. Most of them were traveling in pair, so it averaged out that I saw another trail user about every 2.3 miles, which is much higher than usual.
My Rail Trail Scout adventurers today included:
1) Assisting a 60 yo rider in finding the best place to exit the trail to get to where he wanted to go in Madison.
2) Adjusting the rear brake on a woman's bike. It was rubbing the rim and her husband didn't have any tools with him, and they were about 6 miles from their car. Don't know if she had already ridden the 6 miles with the brake rubbing.
3) Assisting another rider through the old trail tunnel. She didn't have a light on her bike. Tunnel is pitch black in the middle.
4) Warning two 50+ couples who were parking their vehicles in a small field next to the trail and getting ready to unload their bikes, that this particular lot was private property, even though it kinda looked like a trail parking lot.
5) Assisting another 50+ couple by informing them where they could purchase trail passes.
I guess I have all of these encounters because I engage everyone I meet on the trail, and if they look like they need help, I ask them if there's anything I can do for them.
My treat for today was riding to the famous M&M Cafe in Monticello, WI and having a piece of cranberry-raspberry pie. I almost went for their famous Amish Creme pie, which is wonderful. But I love pie with raspberries ... just raspberries or mixed with apples, peaches or cranberries. It was wonderful.
Beautiful 34 mile ride through the countryside with flowers blooming everywhere, assisting some nice people, and having a great slice of pie. Now that's a nice day.