Ride Log, 08-01-2015: Too Early for the Button

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About 100 yards ahead I hear the bus honk at a jogger.

Me: _Like you didn’t see the bus, right?_

Jogger: _I know! I was trying to not push the button._

Ok, the jogger was a bit of douchecopter since he was close enough to the bus to reach out and touch it, but the sentiment is there.


I look across the street where I see a single duck standing at the edge of the street, as if it was waiting for it’s turn to cross. Of course, it starts to walk out into the street at the exact time cars start driving past. So, I press the button.

Cars stop and I cross 1/2 way when the duck starts walking north, down the middle of the road, of course. Geez ducks are dumb. So I ride toward the duck, herding it into a direction that takes it out of the flow of traffic and into a delightful park. Of course I get words from people in cars (all good), but did the duck even so much as give me a thank you? Ungrateful little bastard.


Every stop light is a potential race for me. I always eye up the competition to determine if I have a chance or not. Today it was an unkempt Nissan Maxima, black, covered in bird shit and had dirty windows. I knew I could win.

Watching the lights, waiting for my chance. I tense up and get into position to start off as quickly as possible. I get the green light and rocket across the cross walk as fast as possible! The car in the middle lane crossed the other side before I did, but that wasn’t my target. I watched for that Maxima. I sped across the opposing cross walk and went at least 50 feet before the Nissan passed me. I was victorious.


On the map above, you will see my new favorite circuit. I’ve ridden it 4 times so far, every time taking just a little more than an hour. My latest goal is to finish that in 1 hour or less, which means an average speed of at least 15MPH. I can do it.

Published by Don

Lead bottle washer at donburnside.com, host at whiteroofradio.com and tech guru for the MotoringFile family of sites.

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3 Comments

  1. Sharp looking bike DB – what’s the specs on it? Most interested in your brake/tire/rim setup for urban road warrior.

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