Thoughts While Cycling (3)

  • Every year seems to bring an increase of motor vehicles on the W&OD.  Park Authority trucks, Dominion Power trucks, contractor trucks, town vehicles.  At some point this has to be managed better.  Perhaps when the Beltway project is done?
  • As a former beekeeper I was shocked yesterday, April 16, to see that the Black Locust trees are in full flower in Arlington.   These trees, a staple for annual honey production in this area, usually come into bloom between May 10 and May 15.  Another sign of a very forward spring.  Go bees!
  • Washed two of my bikes the day before yesterday.  The Trek and the Fuji, the two I have been using the most.  There was much less road grit than usual on them, because of the mild, non-slushy winter and the dry spring.  Drought is going to be a possibility if we don’t get rain soon.
  • The other day a car left-turned in front of me at an intersection without signaling.  But how can you blame the driver?  She had one hand on the wheel and the other holding her cell phone, thereby maintaining the hierarchy of priorities held by most drivers in our area.  Maybe we just need voice-activated turn signals.
  • I ran over a Blacksnake recently, and felt awful about it.  Just looked down when I was right on top of it, and couldn’t swerve fast enough.  It felt like running over a garden hose.  Right after my elation about seeing the first one of the year, too!  I got it near the tail, and hope it survived.  If not, I suppose it was an easy dinner for a fox or other carnivore.  The food chain goes on.
  • Why oh why oh why do moms think it’s a good idea to be pushing a baby buggy on the trail while a toddler toddles erratically along behind or ahead of them, often way behind or ahead, without supervision?
  • Back into my Rudy Project glasses now.  Currently using the mirrored blue lenses, but may go with the Race Red when the sun gets even higher in the sky.  The blue ones block something like 85% of the light, while the reds more like 75%.  Ironically, you need to see a little better when the contrast between the sunlight and shadow is greater.
  • My left knee continues to bother me.  I am coming to the conclusion that it is arthritic, and just has to be assigned to the category of managed pain.  And since I have ridden the last four out of five days, and the knee felt better today when I got home than when I left, I can hardly claim that I am crippled.  All the same, I am stronger without the pain, I think.
  • And while the knee seldom is very bothersome in daily life, I was at a Moscow City Ballet performance of Cinderella last Saturday afternoon at which my principal state of consciousness near the end of the first half was that there were nearly twenty dancers on stage who were routinely landing and pushing off on their left legs with no sign of pain whatsoever, and I envied them very much.  Once I could stand and walk a bit at intermission, all was much better.
  • Before the ballet performance the ballet’s manager talked with us about the troupe.  They had, it turned out, been touring in the US for several weeks.  When asked about the daily grind and the physical state of the dancers after all this, he said that the dancer who personifies Cinderella had been weeping the day before over the pain in her feet.  Then he said that when you’re a dancer if you wake up in the morning and nothing hurts, you’re probably dead.  So I’m in good company, and alive!

©Arnold J. Bradford, 2012.

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