A Rather Different Monument

This is not “challenge related”, just a bit about my bike ride today. I met up with my bike buddy to scout a route we had found on maps to see if it was worth keeping for future riding. It isn’t.

At the park where we met up, there is this monument that I have visited in the past.

I have never seen a monument to vicitims of drunk drivers. I find it rather interesting.

The weather was plenty cloudy but in the mid 50s which seemed quite warm compared to the low 40s and hi 30s we had just a few days ago. I had to actually peel off a layer.

Our route took us across the Intersate (I-5) on a bike/pedestrian bridge. So glad to not be dodging that traffic.

NIce bridge for us to cross over on. And we can’t fall off.

The ride itself was a bit nondescript and we decided to not keep it in our riding arsenal. We did make a nice potty stop at a fun park that neither of us had been to.

An actual metal slide which I thought went out with the dinosaurs. But here is a great one that slides down into the ‘lake’! Fish all around.

Nice that we got to see this lake as there was no access, and very little view, to the real lake from this spot.

Of course I had a great day riding with Cindy (as usual), and though we are not taken with this route, we are happy to have had the adventure of scouting it out — and finding that park ;’-)

10 response to "A Rather Different Monument"

  1. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: November 16, 2018

    That is an interesting monument — below the plaque are four memorials, all of whom passed on the same date — sad story there Im sure.
    The folks that ‘need’ to study and reflect on that monument are the ones very unlikely to do it. 🙁

    I did happen to notice a similar old metal slide in our park that escaped the tree fall.

    Glad you got a ride in, may not take that route again, but, a so-so ride ride is better than no ride.

    • By: NancyG Posted: November 16, 2018

      You are so right Rich — just about any ride (within reason) is better than no ride.

      I noticed those four names with same date at well Rich. Had to have been a bad one, and a sad one. And this memorial is in the back of the park, almost hidden by trees and brush. It is however located near a covered picnic table — if anyone should go back there to use it. Not very prominent.

  2. By: Lah Posted: November 16, 2018

    Lucky you for having so many options for rides near where you live. Your adventures are always interesting. Monument is touching. Our city has a Kentucky Victims of Homicide Memorial in the cemetery where my parents are buried, and it always puts a lump in my throat because I remember many of the news stories that went with the names on it. This cemetery is one of the few here that allow bicycles.

    • By: NancyG Posted: November 16, 2018

      I do feel fortunate to have nearby areas for biking. And several that I can do starting right from my house. The Homicide Victims Memorial sounds very sad. Since the cemetery allows bikes, hopefully you will get to ride through and give us a view of the memorial.
      Thanks for your nice thoughts Laura. I am never sure if others will enjoy my little bike ride stories, and at time worry that maybe I am posting too much here! But it is fun ;’-)

  3. By: Suzanne Posted: November 16, 2018

    NOT TOO MUCH! I enjoy your rides, short or long so keep posting.
    I love rides where I discover new things, even if the route itself isn’t necessarily scenic.
    Tragic to see all those lives lost unnecessarily.

    • By: NancyG Posted: November 16, 2018

      OK then. I am happy to know that I am not posting too much, and will continue to share my little daily rides with everyone.

      In addition to discovering new things on a route you are unfamiliar with, Cindy pointed out that it often shows a shortcut to places by car or if you get tied up with traffic. Good point.

  4. By: The Navigator Posted: November 17, 2018

    It is sad to think that the number of victims on that memorial is for just one county. I see roadside breath tests set up here in Oz pretty frequently, and I’ve gone through at least 10 myself in 12 years of driving. I’ve only ever seen it in America on holiday weekends. I’ve always wondered why there is so much less emphasis there.

    And, on a brighter note, I would have had to have had a trip down the slide to check it out 🙂 Never too old.

  5. By: NancyG Posted: November 17, 2018

    I’m going to have to go back to that wall and investigate a little closer. Those are indeed a lot of people memorialized, and I am not too sure there are any recent dates. I see there is room for more bricks, but not sure when the last one was placed. I will take a real close look the next time I am in the area., finding the oldest and newest dates.

    You’re right Em, I don’t see any breathalyzer tests set up on our highways, and do think that would help a bit with the dunk (or other drug) driving epidemic that I think we have.

    And about the slide — missed my chance!

  6. By: Scooter Posted: November 17, 2018

    Thanks for posting this, Nancy. Seeing that overpass made me a bit nostallgic for home. I think Rachael biked over it a year or so ago on our way from Seattle to Bellingham. Interesting weather conditions too – looks like your day there was about the same as ours here in southern France.

    • By: NancyG Posted: November 18, 2018

      Thanks for reading. Now today it is clear as can be with sunshine and deep blue sky with temps at about 50 in the afternoon. Gorgeous day and I got in a good ride. Southern France sounds like such a nice place to be ;’-)

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