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Old 11-09-09, 10:17 AM
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Bad spot on the commute disappearing!

My commute has a short section on an MUP between an industrial district and a local park. Because of the rains of last month, there is one spot on the MUP where sewage was oozing out of the ground and flowing across the path. The city has a lot of other spots where it needs to fix rain damage, so this wasn't on the scope yet. It wouldn't be so bad, except that the rains and sewage had washed a lot of rocks and a log onto the path, so that the only way was to ride onto the grass bordering the path. That was bad because it too was soaked, and clayey. So to detour around the path, you had to put the bike into low and pedal fast and hard because the bike was up to the derailleur in sewage impregnated clay and the ruts from previous cyclists made it hard to steer, so there was very real potential of losing traction or having to put a foot down, ewwww! My wheels got encrusted with this gook.

This morning the leak had subsided enough that the puddle had shrunk a bit and I could at least remove the rocks on the border and make a safe route through the puddle as long as I avoided the log. So now I still have to ride through the flow, but at least I get to do it on asphalt.

I'm so easy to make happy.

Oh, why not do an alternate route? Because that required about a mile detour and ran me down a narrow, hilly, potholed heavily trafficed road that I consider potentially lethal. Even pedestrians have to walk in the road to get along that section, and there is no shoulder and the lanes are barely wide enough for a car.
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I don't care if you are on a unicycle, as long as you're not using a motor to get places you get props from me. We're here to support each other. Share ideas, and motivate one another to actually keep doing it.
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Old 11-09-09, 10:23 AM
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Cycle commuting... (Almost) never a dull moment. The cagers miss all the excitement that we have: Dealing with sewage, lethal roadways, pedestrians...
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Old 11-09-09, 03:07 PM
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When you say sewage...do you mean storm drain runoff? Or floaters?
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Old 11-09-09, 03:29 PM
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There's several spots on my commute that I would like to avoid and that make me want to hold my breath, but they're in no way a comparison to the time I was downwind from a holding yard with 20,000 head of cattle on a 120 degree summer day.
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Old 11-09-09, 05:17 PM
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Originally Posted by Mr. Underbridge View Post
When you say sewage...
I was about to say, if I caught a whiff of sewage I'd be out of there in a second.
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Old 11-09-09, 05:42 PM
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Bring a couple of planks and make a path across the muck!
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Old 11-09-09, 05:47 PM
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Originally Posted by degnaw View Post
...if I caught a whiff of sewage I'd be out of there in a second.
Since my bikes live inside my house, I guess I would have to be terrorizing the pedestrians on the alternate "death road" mentioned by the OP.

I consider myself a pretty tough rider and God only knows what bodily fluids splash up from my tires in the French Quarter (we learn to bike with our mouths closed her in New Orleans) but raw toilet juice...

I assume the OP has full fenders!
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Old 11-10-09, 08:05 AM
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Originally Posted by Mr. Underbridge View Post
When you say sewage...do you mean storm drain runoff? Or floaters?
The water looked clear, but there were sewage notices posted up at the spot. I didn't bring my microscope along to do a bacterial count though.
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Old 11-10-09, 08:20 AM
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Originally Posted by dynodonn View Post
There's several spots on my commute that I would like to avoid and that make me want to hold my breath, but they're in no way a comparison to the time I was downwind from a holding yard with 20,000 head of cattle on a 120 degree summer day.
In the Central Valley? I've driven by a spot like that on a summer's day, that was bad enough.
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My bad spots on the commute are mainly expressway entrances and exits, once I get past them I feel better - and then just have to be vigilant on not being clotheslined by the cars parked or get a side mirror in my arm ... ahhh city travel at it's finest!
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Please tell me you have fenders.
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