Well, school’s started. My days of traffic free morning commutes are over, although I didn’t notice much of an uptick today. I guess I was just a little ahead of it.
One interesting thing did happen, though. I slapped myself later for not getting a picture, but for some reason I totally didn’t consider it.
As I was heading north on Barnes, I noticed a group of people standing on the street corner at Barnes and Grand. At first, I thought they were just a bunch of students waiting on a bus, but as I got closer, I could tell they were mostly adults, with maybe one or two high school aged students. When I passed, I thought to myself, “That’s kind of a gnarly looking bunch.”, then I noticed a couple of motorcycles parked up the street in a drive.
A couple blocks down the street, there were another group at Barnes and Monroe, so I stopped and asked, “Hey, what are you guys up to this morning? I saw another group of you up the street.” As I spoke, this grizzly group of about 6 men and women all turned to me and gave me a good looking over. These motorcyclists were the real deal. I mean, they weren’t a bunch of middle class businessmen and women dressed in leathers out for their weekend ride. Pretty soon, the most grizzled of the group answers, “Well, we’re just visiting a friend”.
“Oh. Well, I saw another bunch of motorcycles up the street, so I was wondering if there was something going on?”
“No, we’re just visiting”.
I presume it was some sort of a back to school safety event, but this guy sure didn’t want to tell me why they were there and none of the others spoke up. As I thanked them and started to pull away, ”old grizzly” kind of grins at me and says, “Sure do like your mirror!”.
I just thanked them again and continued on my way….thinking they were probably having a good laugh at the cyclist in his sissy looking cycling shorts!
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