Not going to let ‘em catch the midnight rider
Last night after work the air was cool and balmy and I was wide awake (oops on drinking coffee at 8pm), so I decided to go for a late night ride. A friend is cooking a recipe that requires Cilantro, so I thought that a quick ride to Jones Valley to pick some up for her was in order.
It was so lovely. Downtown Birmingham goes to sleep early, so the roads were peaceful and the lights stunning. Wind was blowing and I could smell the springtime in the air, with the storm that hit us brewing above.
One thing that could have ruined it was when a car came screaming through a red light at an intersection I was riding through. Thankfully this has been happening a lot (perhaps my helmet is also an invisibility cloak as this has literally happened 4 times in 3 weeks!), so I am super cautious when crossing green lights. The car and I screeched to a halt with me yelling “Hey!” and shaking my head. The driver would not even make eye contact with me. I was shaking and frustrated for about 2 blocks until I passed over the viaduct and heard the trains running underneath. Birmingham may suck for cyclists and drivers may be morons, but no one can take away the joy of riding my bike!
I retrieved the Cilantro, rode home and then joined some friends for some porch time. Today has been rainy and gross, but the pollen is being washed away and the heat abating. Spring!