Perfect Days

This morning I was riding my bike with the sun on my neck and golden leaves in my face. It was a perfect temperature and the rays of sunlight coupled with fog patches in the trees were ethereal.

I thought about taking a picture and acknowledged that no iPhone snap could actually capture the magic or essence of the morning, so I rode on.

This afternoon, the skies were still blue and the sun was warm again as I made my way home. It was just too perfect, so I opted to take the long way home, weaving through downtown Anchorage’s “rush hour” traffic to catch the west end of the green belt trail.

This time the picture lined up. All I can think is, hang in there fall, let me soak it up just a little bit longer.

Until it happens to you: bicycling accidents in Anchorage

In what will go down as theΒ Worst Tuesday Ever, Adam was struck by a vehicle on his regular commute, on his regular route. It was a Tuesday morning like any other: we got up, shared coffee, laughed, and he took off at his regular time. No rush, no hurry, nothing special.

Adam is fine. This post comes over a week later; after the dust has settled and my heart has stopped pounding. The driver failed to stop and yield to oncoming traffic at a stop sign, where Adam was making a left-hand turn with the right-of-way. The driver turned left as well and hit Adam with the hook. The bicycle and rider went down, and partially under the tire before the vehicle stopped.

Just writing about the accident makes me furious.Β Furious. Adam text me as soon as it happened, the simple: ‘I’m okay, but…’. In minutes I was there – he ridesΒ less than a mile to work every day. The driver was there, and rightfully accepted responsibility for his negligence. He drove up too fast to the stop sign, rolled through it without looking clearly for oncoming traffic (he admitted to only looking for headlights), and rolled right into the man in the bright blue coat in front of him.

At the end of the day, I can only be grateful that Adam was able to walk away. A trip to Urgent Care determined he was bumped and bruised, but luckily not cracked or broken. His bike, on the other hand, is totaled. That beautiful Surly, that went all over France for those happy memories, is no more.

 

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Bicycle, meet bumper.Β 

 

Commuter Chronicles: Little Dog Dreams

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This blog post doesn’t need a lot of content. I’ve always dreamed of owning a little dog named Fang, who will be my best friend and adventure buddy and we’ll do everything together.

With authorization from the owner, I tossed my recent dog ward into my backpack and road to work. Augie Doggie was so chill – he settled in quickly, made no noise and rocked the ride downtown. Whenever I glanced over my shoulder, he looked as happy as a dog in a top down convertible.

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I’m going to get me a little dog… 2018!