went on a bike club group ride today. Since the start was five miles from my house, I decided to ride my bike over (seemed logical).
1. On the way over, I was cut off by motorists five times, including one who gave me the finger and cursed at me for being ahead of him in a left turn lane at a red light. ALL five of them were members of the bike club on their way to the ride (confirmed -- I saw them at the start).
2. The riders were incredulous that I had ridden my bike all of five miles to get to the ride. The comments (all serious) were similar to those one hears from the average couch potato. For example, "Why would you want to do that?" "Isn't it a lot of work?" "Fanatic". "Idiot". All from people who were there to ride between 20 and 40 miles.
3. After the ride, there was a picnic at the home of a club member. The host specifically asked that we leave our cars at the ride start and ride to his house (8/10ths of a mile) because of limited parking in his neighborhood. Almost every last person took their car to the picnic, and then spent much of the picnic complaining about the difficulty in parking. A number of them wound up parking in a No Parking zone on a busy street, and a bunch used a nearby church parking lot despite signs asking people not to. At least 3 people wound up skipping the picnic because they couldn't find close enough parking spaces.
What am I missing??