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    Peaceful Ride

    I live in a relatively small town of about 60,000. I have not been able to ride my Catrike Road for three weeks due to back surgery, and thought a short Sunday ride (turned out to be 14 miles) would be a good way to start breaking back in. About 5 miles into the ride I am stopped behind a car in a left turn lane waiting for the light when out of nowhere comes a bum just screaming at me about "what's it like to be rich you bast**d, you son of a B, you rich as*hole" etc etc. Ok doesn't go beyond words and I ride off.

    Then riding along the river I get a van tailgating me for a couple blocks, which then zooms around and a guy jumps out to take a picture. I guess he didn't get enough because he starts tailgating me again. Up ahead is another bum, this one on a bike. So I've got the van behind and the bum in front. I call "on my left" and he starts changing lanes to block me. When I finally pass he gives me some sort of drunken comment.

    Now I'm on the leg home, and a car full of gang banger wannabes gets behind me honking their horn for a block, when they turn off there is a purple metallic older sedan behind them that actually has an external speaker playing rap music which follows me for a mile or so.

    This ride is a bust for relaxation so I head home. About 2 miles out another group of bangers (maybe not wannabes either) pull up beside me and then slow down to pace along side for a minute or so, laughing and making comments and gang signs.

    Ah, a beautiful Sunday evening ride.

    NNY
    NNY

    I feel like a Weeble. My trike may wobble but I don't fall down.

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    Glad I don't live in your town, where ever that may be. On many spring days I get people looking at my Road and asking lots of questions. The kids just ask questions as I ride by and many times say "Cool bike!"
    "The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits."
    -- Albert Einstein

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    Also glad I don't live in your neighborhood...and hope this was a 'not to be repeated' experience.

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    Glad I live in a 'smaller' town - where I'm still the only 'bent rider that I know of. Cagers see me and move 2 lanes over 'cause they don't know what I am.
    Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm.

    In response to bicycling being so dangerous: "We could all died today from any number of accidents. I'm not going to stop living to keep from dying." The Northern Tier by Lief Carlsen

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