April 17, 2011

Conspiracy theory

By Elisa | 1 Comment »

There must be some kind of cosmic conspiracy against my riding until I move to my new place in the city. We all know about my commute horrors (which after a second try have not gotten any better!). One thing I kept hearing was that no matter what I could always ride on the Lakefront path by where I am staying. That sounded great…riding by the water with no cars around.


Having  mid-week day off I set out. Put on my Bici kit, aired up the tires and hit the road. BAM! 1/8 mile down the road I hit a pothole the size of my head and got a flat. Changed it quickly and set out again to the path.  Once on the path, i was happy slappy.


Wide open, wind blowing and water to look at. It was so lovely, and I was speeding right along at about 26mph having a blast. Looked up about 1/2 mile down to see the path blocked. Shit. The Army Corp of Engineers is working everywhere in this area to get the levees up to snuff post Katrina. Tried to go around to no avail. Oh well, you can go forever in the other direction to I set out…again.


About a mile in and ANOTHER damn block. Again, no way to go around it. Come on! So, I rode back to the other roadblock and decided I couldn’t bear to ride back and forth. Got off the path and tried riding in the neighborhood for a bit. After 1 mile of in and out of streets I was back where I started with no where new to go unless I hit one of the suburban superroads.


Pissed and discouraged I went back in and had a beer. Only a bit longer till i am in the city and can finally ride everywhere. I think I can, I think I can…

Despite my biking trials, I am having a blast here in New Orleans. After only 2 weeks I feel completely at home, a feeling I haven’t felt in a long time. Home.

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  1. On April 17th, 2011 Kara said:

    Girl, can’t catch a break! Patience, my friend. You will soon be riding as free as a bird.

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