I was invited to go on an afternoon bicycle ride when visiting Milwaukee this past weekend.
We bicycled the southwest section of the Oak Leaft trail. Part of the trail (or maybe it was an offshoot of the Oak Leaf Trail) was non-technical mountain biking on a muddy non-improved path through woods and along a river.
In fact, the area had a kind of dirty spookiness to it - like it was home to people you usually don't see in the light, if you know what I mean. There were things like rubber gloves laying along the trail and plastic bags in the trees... just kind of icky.
What shocked me was that parts of the trails were thick with broken glass of all kinds. It was obviously a deliberate attempt to cause flats to bicycle riders. Someone obviously went to the trouble of hauling all kinds of glass and bottles to the area and smashed them on the trail in what appeared to a very violent and dangerous attempt to cause injury.
Is this something you find on trails in your neck of the woods? I have never seen anything like it.
Why would someone do this? I could only guess that druggies and other dark criminals were trying to create a barrier to keep bicyclists and hikers out. Either that, or it was someone protesting the use of the area as a bicycle trail.
It was a fun ride, all things considered, but that part of the trail reminds us of the darker side of Milwaukee and humanity.