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Old 08-10-22, 07:29 AM
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These are weird times: a friend told me a story yesterday of getting assaulted while riding over the weekend. He was on a busy path, and someone on one of those electric single-wheeled contraptions buzzed by him at high speed. When he caught up at a light, he suggested the guy get a bell or some such to let people know he was there. The guy grumbled something about “personal freedom” and sped off, only to then slow down let my friend pass, and then speed up and push my friend off of the path, where he crashed. The guy sped off. My friend was quite shaken up, did call the police (and remarked a large number of people passed without any gestures toward seeing if he was okay), but doesn’t hold much hope that the perp will be found. Yeesh! Be careful out there!
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One incident that wasn't recounted on the Summer Tour of the Willamette Valley, was the road rager on Day 2 (Saturday morning), on River Road South, headed out of Salem. A driver in a Lexus (SUV? crossover?) was honking and irate at the rear group, but finally passed them. When he got up to Bob Freeman and I up at the front, he continued with the honking and such, with Bob yelling some choice words at him. At this point the man braked hard, rolled down his passenger side window, and as Bob passed him and I came by the window, he yelled "Get off the damn road! Next time I will run you down!" And then he sped off indignantly. I've never had an incident like this happen to me in 35 years of riding in and around the Salem area.

Later, when recounting this incident with gugie, I mentioned that I am a concealed carry holder in Oregon. For obvious reasons of weight and also being a peaceful individual, I don't choose to carry firearms while riding. But sometimes I wonder...
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Whew, "Where did you ride today" could get political really quickly, couldn't it? Of course, that's what it all comes down to, really. I just finished a couple of books about round-the-world bike tours and was struck by the fact that while these folks could physically ride their bikes just about anywhere, it really came down to the laws and customs of a place that made it possible, or enjoyable.

(As a side note, it's not much safer for motorists these days, considering that so many people are driving with loaded weapons and don't seem to mind unloading them into stranger's cars.)
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To address a few things:

No, I won't go strapped - not on a bike. A bike ride should be about fun, not preparing for possible battle.

As far as what is inviting the "abuse", I don't know. Could be my kit, could be they're just *******s. After all, they're on 250cc dirt bikes, doing 45mph+ on a 9' wide MUP where they're forbidden.

Lastly, I've decided to give up on the trail based upon the questions from the first responding officer. The first thing out of his mouth was "Why did you call 911 for this?" - not even kidding. After a few minutes hearing my story, he took no notes, and instead seemed more concerned with whether I provoked the perps; I swear I began to wonder if the officer recognized one of his kids from my vague description of the MCs and their riders' garb. Also, while speaking to him I realized I'd talked with him once before, maybe 3 or 4 months prior, on the trail during a night ride. I'd just been buzzed by a MC rider about 2 miles earlier. I came across a police vehicle on the trail, with two officers outside of it. I came to a stop, and asked the officer nearest me if they were there trying to catch the MC rider. He looked at me for about 10 seconds without answering, then simply said "no". I told him what had happened earlier, and he never even answered back. As they were obviously on an unrelated call, I gave up and rode off - but I was a bit nonplussed, to be honest. Same officer, no doubt. While I have no problem with police in general, this guy seemed the type to coast and collect - non-policing sort, you understand. Thankfully, I'm going to assume he's in the minority.

A second pair of officers then arrived, and I got up, told the first officer I'd go home, call the normal Peoria police number, and make my report. I was seriously wondering if I'd done the wrong thing calling 911 based upon the first officer's questions! The male officer of the male/female pair that showed up after the first officer then asked if he could talk to me, take notes, and see if we could get a sequence of events on paper. Grateful isn't the word - and I felt much the same at the end of the interview when I asked if I'd done the wrong thing by calling 911 - and he emphatically told me no, it's exactly what I should have done.

Anyway, apart from motorcycles being ridden on the path at extremely high speeds relative to the rest of the trail users, apparently the police can't do a lot about it (their vehicles don't have good access for much of the trail's length, for starters). It's not worth my life to ride this trail, and now, though I don't feel "traumatized" so much by the event, I think: "the perps didn't catch their prey (and one ate it big-time in the attempt), what's to stop them from another attempt in the future when I'm off my guard?".

Nope. I'm out.

Some pics of the "assault route" (after departing the trail obviously) should give an idea how brazen these three were, chasing me down city streets trying to run me off the road.

The rider who grabbed me and tried to pull me down crashed right in the middle of the street here. We'd come from the side street to the left, and since he'd already got hold of my jersey before entering the boulevard, I couldn't go the way of opposing traffic, which had been my plan. One down, two still there:



Unfortunately, the road was this empty, and the two MCs were on my tail here and trying to come around me. I couldn't go as fast as possible because I had to weave back and forth across the road to throw them off - plus I was getting fatigued as it had been a long ride in 100+ temps:



In desperation, I jumped the curb to the right, and turned 90 degrees to the boulevard down that little concrete path. They overshot me. I found myself in a cul-de-sac, but also watched two of the three (the fallen one was back up and back in the chase) continue on, to cut me off, while one waited back:



This is where I saw they were splitting up to cut me off. Did a 180 and crossed the boulevard, heading for a business across the street:



Got to the doors of the building in the photo below, but they were locked. I headed down to a second building, all the while hearing their engines getting closer:



I got to the second building, and rode into the entry to the right of the white van in the photo, tried a couple doors until I found an unlocked one, then ran in and collapsed on the floor. A man inside called 911 himself when he realized what was happening:



I'm generally a solo rider, though I do on occasion enjoy group rides, too. Sometimes I think this is a disadvantage, particularly in situations like this. But this was a first, I mean I've never had anyone actively attempt to run me down or off the road.

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Old 08-10-22, 04:48 PM
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That's a pretty sobering post, Jeff. Glad you're ok.

I only got out to watch Thomas practice at his high school band camp. Third day for them, and they seem to be coming together well.

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30+ miles of sweating, sweltering path riding around a few of the local lakes. Even in the shade it was uncomfortable.
And then we get this:
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Nice here in the Third Coast today. Took out my Frejus Tour de France for the first time in a long while. Stopped briefly at an Evanston movie landmark. There isn't much in the way of a clue in the pic. Can you guess what it is?

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Nice here in the Third Coast today. Took out my Frejus Tour de France for the first time in a long while. Stopped briefly at an Evanston movie landmark. There isn't much in the way of a clue in the pic. Can you guess what it is?

Local-ish to me. Answering would be like stealing candy from a baby.
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Nice here in the Third Coast today. Took out my Frejus Tour de France for the first time in a long while. Stopped briefly at an Evanston movie landmark. There isn't much in the way of a clue in the pic. Can you guess what it is?


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Bingo! Thanks thinktubes for giving others a shot.
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Mrs. ascherer and I spent 4 days in the Boston area where temperatures were in the mid to upper 90s. By Wednesday morning we were packed to go but the heat had subsided so we squeezed in some of the Bruce Freeman Trail out of Concord. No pics of that but here’s Tuesday by the water.





Today I rode the full 31.5 mile loop around the Ashokan, about 2/3 paved and the rest compacted gravel trail. Quite beautiful as always.



A little more than halfway through I became aware that my bottom bracket was loosening. I made many stops along the way home to hand tighten it. It’ll go on the stand soon.
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Bingo! Thanks thinktubes for giving others a shot.
I go past it almost every ride on my cool-down route. Tricky question because it looks much different than in the movie. Riding on the North Shore is like being in a John Hughes movie.
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Took yesterday off, then got out for a couple hours today, even getting a short bit of gravel riding in around the Deem Hills Recreation Area. Got some nice pics, too. Alas, a woman clipped me with her mirror as she passed me in the local supermarket parking lot (!) and I went down - not even a mile from home. Cut left elbow, sore groin muscle, ripped jersey - and my phone's now on the fritz (hence the lack of pics). Jeebus, this has been an interesting week!

Hopefully there's no truth to the "bad things come in threes", and my next ride doesn't end up being my last

I'll be replacing this phone (battery usage was already dictating a new one soon) in the next couple days; perhaps I'll be able to retrieve my photos and share them from the new phone..

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Took yesterday off, then got out for a couple hours today, even getting a short bit of gravel riding in around the Deem Hills Recreation Area. Got some nice pics, too. Alas, a woman clipped me with her mirror as she passed me in the local supermarket parking lot (!) and I went down - not even a mile from home. Cut left elbow, sore groin muscle, ripped jersey - and my phone's now on the fritz (hence the lack of pics). Jeebus, this has been an interesting week!

Hopefully there's no truth to the "bad things come in threes", and my next ride doesn't end up being my last )

I'll be replacing this phone (battery usage was already dictating a new one soon) in the next couple days; perhaps I'll be able to retrieve my photos and share them from the new phone..

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Hawaiian shirt day. New blacktop and bike lanes. Shot from the Kaiser shipyards.


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A local group puts on a ride around the city every Thursday and its a sort of "unracer" ride that welcomes all ages, riding styles, and fitness levels, which suits me just fine. It's a great way to meet up with like minded folks. Lots of interesting bikes, too. The organizer picks a neighbourhood to explore and we usually end up at an ice cream joint, taco truck, or pub after the ride. Last week they had about 50 folks show up, which is nearly a critical mass ride for Ottawa!

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One incident that wasn't recounted on the Summer Tour of the Willamette Valley, was the road rager on Day 2 (Saturday morning), on River Road South, headed out of Salem. A driver in a Lexus (SUV? crossover?) was honking and irate at the rear group, but finally passed them. When he got up to Bob Freeman and I up at the front, he continued with the honking and such, with Bob yelling some choice words at him. At this point the man braked hard, rolled down his passenger side window, and as Bob passed him and I came by the window, he yelled "Get off the damn road! Next time I will run you down!" And then he sped off indignantly. I've never had an incident like this happen to me in 35 years of riding in and around the Salem area.

Later, when recounting this incident with gugie, I mentioned that I am a concealed carry holder in Oregon. For obvious reasons of weight and also being a peaceful individual, I don't choose to carry firearms while riding. But sometimes I wonder...
Belly band holster, G43 or G48…you won’t forget it’s there, but, not uncomfortable…last resort if possible…keep it on your person in case you separated from you bicycle…it doesn’t hurt to carry legally.
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Belly band holster, G43 or G48…you won’t forget it’s there, but, not uncomfortable…last resort if possible…keep it on your person in case you separated from you bicycle…it doesn’t hurt to carry legally.
Right, the Good Guy with a Gun approach to bicycle touring, or Loaded Touring, as it were. The idea that any but a tiny percentage of weapons-trained cyclists should be carrying a gun in an a high adrenaline encounter with a motorist is ludicrous. But hey, it's an ultra-violent world, so you might as well carry a gun on a bike ride.
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Lets bring this thread back to riding bikes again.... Starting on Mercer Island, I rode over to Vashon Island to visit with my big brother yesterday.

On the way down to the Seattle Waterfront, down Post Alley….

Visit my Big Bro by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

The famous “Gum Wall” was choked with tourists. I had to walk through the melee

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I follow the waterfront around Alki Point and through Lincoln Park.

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On the Ferry, Vashon Island ahead.

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Vashon is a great place to explore by bike. It’s quite hilly. One of my favorite roads is Burma Road on the North end of the Island. During normal times, I liken it to the closest thing to bungy jumping on a bike. Usually I bomb down this road as it falls steeply through some ravines to catch enough speed to carry me up the equally steep walls on the other side but this was not the case today

My brother had told me it was damaged this past winter and closed to thru traffic. I had to go check it out. Going past the road closed signs I descended carefully not knowing what to expect. Here’s the worst of the damage.

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Looking North from KVI Beach.

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My Big Bro

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Unfortunately, because I got a late morning start, the time to visit is short as I had to catch the ferry back to West Seattle and ride back to the car I had left on Mercer Island. The early evening light casting shadows on the skyscrapers downtown on the return.

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Near the Manitou turnaround.


In the park.


Did three loops. Nice bike lane and one-way routes.

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Morning gravel ride with friends out in The Plains, VA. Couple storms the last few days broke down the humidity and temperature, also kept the dust down on the dirt-ish bits:



MMMMmmmm...friction shifted gravel bike!
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Near the Manitou turnaround.
In the park.
Did three loops. Nice bike lane and one-way routes.
So glad you posted this. Been meaning to make it down there for a ride around GoG, now I have extra motivation to do it! Looks as amazing as I could imagine it being.
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Right, the Good Guy with a Gun approach to bicycle touring, or Loaded Touring, as it were. The idea that any but a tiny percentage of weapons-trained cyclists should be carrying a gun in an a high adrenaline encounter with a motorist is ludicrous. But hey, it's an ultra-violent world, so you might as well carry a gun on a bike ride.
Other situations were recounted. Concealed carry was brought up. The trio of hot heads on motorcycles in DD’s story we’re in hot pursuit! Had he fallen it would not have turned out well for him!
Other stories about being challenged in remote locations…
I said, “last resort”…if given that opportunity…”good guys with a gun” stop a lot more horrors than are reported!
It’s better to be prepared than not…the weight of the gun reminds you that it’s there if you need it!
You are told in gun classes to go the other way if there’s trouble, if you can…you are not a cop!
Be aware of your surroundings and don’t go to places that you know are troublesome…
I used to have trouble riding on the Cape Cod Canal…the world is changing my friends…be safe, be prepared!
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Nice easy ride over to town to do some stuff at the library. Took Hardrock which is now 35 years old but even thousands of rough miles still rides good.



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