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Odd day on the trail yesterday

Old 09-20-18, 10:06 AM
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Odd day on the trail yesterday

Had a few unusual happenings on while riding on the local rails-to-trails route:

First, I had saw a red flasher way up ahead and noticed that I seemed to be catching up quickly. As I got closer, I realised that the reason for my fast catch-up was that the red flasher was on the front of a bike approaching me from the opposite direction. After he had passed, I looked behind and saw what I was expecting - white flasher in the rear.

Second, I was passed by another cyclist that called out "on your left" as she went by. The thing was that she was going the opposite direction. There was no one else in the vicinity so I was a bit perplexed. Is this something that riders do? Why?

Finally, lot of mushrooms popping up on the side of the trail due to all the wet weather. The sight of these kept bringing disturbing imagery into my head related to the current news about a particular mushroom shaped object.
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Old 09-20-18, 10:36 AM
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Old 09-20-18, 11:17 AM
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Old 09-20-18, 12:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Hoopdriver View Post
Had a few unusual happenings on while riding on the local rails-to-trails route:
Second, I was passed by another cyclist that called out "on your left" as she went by. The thing was that she was going the opposite direction. There was no one else in the vicinity so I was a bit perplexed. Is this something that riders do? Why?
I had someone pull that on me a couple weeks ago on the Minuteman. Thing is he decided to pass someone in his lane by jumping right into my face in my lane, and apparently thought I was obligated to make room. I would have had to put myself at risk to do so because it would have been a very sudden swerve so I did not. His "on your left" had a rather indignant tone to it as he had to slow a bit to squeeze through.

Frankly, I was shocked that someone would salmon that fast and that close on a very crowded stretch of path, otherwise I would have been screaming in his face.
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Old 09-20-18, 12:12 PM
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Maybe your sampling of the mushrooms led to the other oddities?
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Old 09-20-18, 12:14 PM
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Maybe your sampling of the mushrooms led to the other oddities?
Day backwards was it sure pretty.
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Old 09-20-18, 01:25 PM
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We have had the local rural roads covered in army worms the last few days, weird and gross. Sounds like rice crispies rolling along on those stretches.
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Old 09-21-18, 05:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Hoopdriver View Post
Had a few unusual happenings on while riding on the local rails-to-trails route:

First, I had saw a red flasher way up ahead and noticed that I seemed to be catching up quickly. As I got closer, I realised that the reason for my fast catch-up was that the red flasher was on the front of a bike approaching me from the opposite direction. After he had passed, I looked behind and saw what I was expecting - white flasher in the rear.

Second, I was passed by another cyclist that called out "on your left" as she went by. The thing was that she was going the opposite direction. There was no one else in the vicinity so I was a bit perplexed. Is this something that riders do? Why?

Finally, lot of mushrooms popping up on the side of the trail due to all the wet weather. The sight of these kept bringing disturbing imagery into my head related to the current news about a particular mushroom shaped object.
I had managed to put that out of my head...And now you reminded me. Damn you.
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Old 09-21-18, 11:50 AM
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Old 09-21-18, 11:57 AM
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Originally Posted by jeffreythree View Post
We have had the local rural roads covered in army worms the last few days, weird and gross. Sounds like rice crispies rolling along on those stretches.
Are they like army ants?
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What was odd is now normal. Years ago you'd never see anyone in my area riding on the wrong side of the road (we have nice 6ft wide bike lanes on the sides of most roads), nor riding against the flow of traffic. These days, except for roadies over about 30yo, I almost never see anyone riding on the pavement, nor riding on the right side of the road; they're almost always on the sidewalk. School kids, adults, anyone and everyone.
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Old 09-21-18, 12:50 PM
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Go ask Alice.
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those riders must be eating those shrooms
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Originally Posted by rollagain View Post
Go ask Alice.
One of my favorite songs.

Ever seen the film?:

https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/go_ask_alice/

When I was in junior high I was friends with a girl student whose mom taught at the school. Her mom borrowed a copy of the film from the free library and made out little group of friends watch it. I can only she assume she was trying to scare us into not doing drugs.
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Originally Posted by Koyote View Post
I had managed to put that out of my head...And now you reminded me. Damn you.
Yeah, kinda ruined the ride.
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Old 09-22-18, 12:46 AM
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Originally Posted by livedarklions View Post
Day backwards was it sure pretty.
LOL. Reading your sentence backwards " pretty sure it was backwards Day".
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
Are they like army ants?
No, only dangerous to plants. Imagine 2-3 times more than the ones in the video:

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Originally Posted by skidder View Post
What was odd is now normal. Years ago you'd never see anyone in my area riding on the wrong side of the road (we have nice 6ft wide bike lanes on the sides of most roads), nor riding against the flow of traffic. These days, except for roadies over about 30yo, I almost never see anyone riding on the pavement, nor riding on the right side of the road; they're almost always on the sidewalk. School kids, adults, anyone and everyone.

Same. And the few people who do ride on the correct side of the road are Very Serious, never even acknowledge waves, and are generally covered in some sort of appalling day glow green apparel.
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Originally Posted by livedarklions View Post
I had someone pull that on me a couple weeks ago on the Minuteman. Thing is he decided to pass someone in his lane by jumping right into my face in my lane, and apparently thought I was obligated to make room. I would have had to put myself at risk to do so because it would have been a very sudden swerve so I did not. His "on your left" had a rather indignant tone to it as he had to slow a bit to squeeze through.

Frankly, I was shocked that someone would salmon that fast and that close on a very crowded stretch of path, otherwise I would have been screaming in his face.
lve seen so many novices blurt out "on your left" and proceeded to ride into oncoming foot/cycle traffic on that trail with no understanding of how and when to pass. It's their world and we are just in it.
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