So I spent most of my day online and on the phone today. I should have had the forethought to make it for tomorrow night when the Tuesday night training rides are going on in the park. It was a little to early to try to get people thinking memorial when they’re still reeling from the shock of this loss of life in the Biking community. BikeForums had a good turnout, Pizza Man, Constant rider and O_o showed up.
I never met Pizza man before so it was nice to see him there, nice guy too just like the other two. Four woman showed up and as usual I can’t remember names. They seemed somewhat drained, I could see it in their faces. I had trouble making sense I think. I was drained hadn’t really eaten all day and dehydrated. A Kpix van was there taking pictures but it was a pretty small gathering. I had picked up a nice bunch of flowers “Delicate Daisy House on 6040 Geary. They gave me a nice break on the price.
We talked for a bit and it was getting cold so everyone started doing relaxed laps. I sat there looking at the empty black bike with the flower arrangement and the scenario creeped back in. How do you wrap your mind around this. Everyone has a story of someone close or someone they know meeting their end on a bicycle. It happened to a member of a bike club I belonged to back in the 80’s which actually made me loose the Jones for cycling for a few years. It all came back. This time I could deal with it better.
Hearing the soothing banter as the cyclists (my new friends) circled the track talking about their training their bicycles and the things we all talk about on our rides together. I really felt comforted. I thought that if Matt and Kristy were sitting here right now they would want it this way too. We all care so much deep down inside for each other. We are all so fragile yet so powerful in potential. Keep that in mind the next time we want to blow off at someone for a perceived threat to our personal space or our ego. Those others are just fragile humans too. Lets just work at making our space safer and raise the consciousness of people who don’t understand where we are coming from and what we experience. We’re all the same.
Thanks for the turnout everyone, even for those who weren’t there were there in their heart of hearts. I think it will be nice when the owners of Roaring Mouse open the gate in the morning and see the beautiful flowers.
Rest in Peace Matt and Kristy, our thoughts are with you tonight as you return home.
Pete F. BikeForums.net