Every bike ride this month was on Deets, my Surly Cross Check. It has been a terrific machine. Then today happened.
I was riding to work this morning. The Mount Vernon Trail was flooded near Dyke Marsh so I took my feet off the pedals and glided through the waters like a little kid. Wheee!
I rode down Union Street and saw more flooding at the intersection with King Street. Wheee!
isn’t it great how bike commuting can make you a carefree kid again.
Just past the Washington Marina at Daingerfield Island:
My back tire blew out. This is, I think, my first flat tire of 2016. When I took the wheel off I could see that I was not going anywhere on my back tire.My exploding tube had blasted the rubber from the tire off the wire bead that holds the tire to the rim. I could have put in a new tube but the odds of having another blow out were very high.
So I started walking. I got to National Airport and walked to the bike parking area. As it turns out the area is open-air which is not good on a rainy day. Worse still, one of the bikes (the yellow one) locked there had had its rear wheel removed. There was no way I was going to leave Deets there.
It was too early to put my bike on Metro (they allow bikes at 10 am, after the morning rush). So I resigned myself to walking to Rosslyn, 5 miles away. After a mile, I came upon the parking lot at Gravelly Point . There were several taxi cabs parked there including a minivan.
The driver agreed to take me. As I was putting my bike in the taxi I discovered that I did not have my wallet with me. I had test driven Mrs. Rootchopper’s car last night and left my wallet in my pants that were hanging on my bedpost at home. I could borrow the cab fare from a co-worker but the rest of the day would be a total hassle without my wallet. So I had the cabbie drive me home. This cost me $36. Oof.
People who know me well will be surprised to learn that at no point during all this did I lose my temper. I just laughed it off. I guess meditation is worth something after all.
Some people I know believe that the universe has a plan for each of us. We may think we are in control but it is an illusion. We control nothing. So you just go with the flow that the universe has created for you.
Or you can look at things another way. A former colleague of mine says: Life is a shit sandwich and everyday we take a bite.
Today I took two bites.
Afterword: I went to District Taco for lunch today. I always order a veggie burrito bowl and eat inside the restaurant. It normally takes 5 minutes to get your food. Today, I waited 25 minutes for my order Finally, I gave up and tracked down the manager. My food was ready. It was packaged to-go. They had tried to find me in the scrum of take-out customers and gave up.
As shit sandwiches go, it tasted pretty good, despite the wait.
3 thoughts on “TGIF – BOOM! or The Tao of Bike Commuting”
knowing that the flat didn’t cause you to crash and that a band of Coyotes didn’t attack you as you walked I have to say that a tube blow out epic enough to trash your tire is cool in its own way or at least a good story. I am also reminded to be grateful that I live in a city (Seattle) where all the buses have 3 slot bike racks. Happy Friday.