Visiting in CO is one of my favorite things, especially since I have family there and the cycling is good. Today, in honor of the heat, I took off early for a ride. All in all it was a good ride.
Like most rides I met some really nice people and had some nice converstions along the way. Just a few words of companionship and swapping advice on different bikes and components. Then off we go. I only really know one rider here. But, seldom do I get to hear so many "Good Morning"s and see so many smiles.
But, unlike most times, I met some people who can only be characterized as self-centered, rude and inconsiderate. The first encounter was with two oncoming riders who took the whole trail. They saw me but wouldn't move until I shouted to "Move Over". No shoulder right there for me to take so no choice except collide or one of them to move.
The next folks I didn't actually see. According to the job site super under the "stimulus plan" the trail I was riding is being repaired by digging out the broken concrete slabs and pouring new ones. As I was being escorted around one hole in the trail the lady told me she was sorry to inconvenience me.
I responded it was no inconvenience and anyway the end result was going to be well worth the minor thing of walking the bike around the holes. She said that all morning they had encountered angry and harassing people who gave them a hard time. I asked: "Why"? She said: "They said they were upset because we were interfering with their ride." Talk about self-centered people with no sense of proportion!
Tomorrow is another day and I get to ride with the one person here I do know. It will be my first time taking my road bike on unpaved surface to that will be an adventure; hopefully a small one. No matter, it will be fun.