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Unusual encounter on the Frisco Trail

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Unusual encounter on the Frisco Trail

So I've been riding to the Frisco Highline Trailhead (13 miles from my house); riding the paved section of the trail (which is built over an old train track) 16 miles there and back, then heading back home - a nice 42 mile trip that took me nearly 4 months to build back up to after a 21-year hiatus.

Anyway, I don't see a lot of cyclists on the trail, but I usually ride on a weekday around lunchtime, and the riders I do see are usually older than me. I passed by a fellow around the same age as myself, with a bright green road bike with bright orange handlebars, and an old-fashioned basket in front. He was off the bike and talking on a cell-phone while playing with a little Toto dog.

On my way back, he's gotten back on the bike, and is pedaling pretty lackadaisically, taking up enough of the trail that I have to warn him that I'm about to pass. Toto, as you may have guessed, is in the basket, and the guy says something that was unintelligible to my ears-riding-against-the-wind, and I go on my way for another mile or two.

Just when I'm about to turn off the trail to go home, he is suddenly right beside me, and tells me I'm getting "quite a workout spinning like that". I want to say, yeah, that's kind of the idea, but I try to keep it analytical, and say I like to keep my cadence at around 90 - 100 rpms.

"Are you training for something?" asks Miss Gulch.

"No... just trying to stay fit." And I'm off on the Farm Roads back home.

... I can still here that music from the pertinent scene from the Wizard of Oz, and can only imagine that the unintelligible thing he said ended with "my pretty!"...
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