Monday, July 18, 2011

Trendy, but Mis-Spelled Street Names and a Hot Bicycle Ride

In a housing development near you, you might encounter a street sign like this. Trendy, Huh?
Wouldn't you be happy to live near this intersection and tell all your acquaintances what the street names are.

Except, why can't they spell it Governor?  Huh?  What's the deal?  Are you special or something?

We can, I think, blame Brits and Canadians for spellings like this!

Last Sunday I went for a bicycle ride and explored a section of a bike path that I had never ventured on before. It's mostly flat and straight in spots, like this area.

Straight and level, good for bicycles, just not always very exciting.

Then again there are some spots where the road isn't very straight and that makes it a bit more interesting. 

A little bridge over a small (very small) creek
 It was a blasting hot day! I was out on the bicycle at 7:30 am. Any later in the day and I would have fried. And I don't want to fry. I just wanted to ride. I think we have had 20 days above 100 degrees this year, normal is about 11 days. Summer has a long way to go.

There is even some signage on the route. I am not sure I have even ever encountered a stop sign on a bike route, but here you go.

It's a little smaller that a normal stop sign. Is that fair? And why is it that the bikes have to stop? Couldn't we instead make all the cars stop? In Kansas, we just recently passed a new law for motorcyclists that get stuck at red lights where they cannot trigger the signal sensors to change. The new law now allows a motorcyclist to pass through after a reasonable wait and watching for traffic. In honor of this new law, when I encountered this stop sign, I sort of "coasted through" just for fun. No harm done.
  There is even some wildlife to be encountered on this bike route.

Nice deer statue at the entrance to part of the route, complete with its own gang sign graffiti.
Continuing on with more signage and another creek encounter.

I'd rather encounter a sign like this out on the open road on a scooter, but it's not bad on a bicycle either.
 Finally, this last sign sort of sums it up for me right now.

No motor vehicles allowed for Jimbo right now due to health conditions.
There has been some clarification to my driving (riding) restrictions placed on me for medical purposes. The powers that be have determined that it should be one year (1yr) from the date of implant for my ICD (Implanted Cardioverter Defribillator) before I can drive a motor vehicle again. One thing's for sure. It will be a lot cooler in February when I get to ride again, and I won't get nearly as sweaty. That's a good thing.