Do you speak English?

This wasn’t exactly a hike, but a couple weeks ago I did visit a park I had not been to before and walked around some. Fisherman’s Park is part of our metro park system and as the crow flies is fairly close to my house. It’s in the ZIP code next to ours and the one I lived in before moving here. I didn’t count them, but there are several lakes on the property and from what I’ve read, they are stocked regularly. Everyone there, except me, seemed to be there to fish. Other than my conversation with one fisherman, I did not hear anyone speaking English.

It was a beautiful day and the sun produced some prominent reflections off the water.

This is the lake I parked near. The people across the way were speaking Spanish.

Biggest hazard of the day was this road. It was a causeway between two lakes. I was creeping across it both ways, but at times I heard the bottom of my car hit the road.
Lake number two…I assumed they each had a name, but I don’t know them. Nobody was fishing in this lake. Maybe it was the effort it took to get to it and maybe it was because the fish weren’t biting there. I had to go down a muddy hill to get to the spot I’m standing. I didn’t think to take a picture of that hazard.
This is the fisherman I chatted with. He said he and the two men with him were from Wuhan, China. He spoke English quite well, so I asked him how long he’d been here and he said ten years. Another seemed to understand what we were saying, but didn’t speak it. The third didn’t understand any English and they kept translating for him. I live in a house where it’s impossible to have a real conversation, so even talking to strangers is a big relief from all this isolation. Social distancing was easy in a park like this.

For now, loaded touring isn’t possible due to my husband's health issues. I’m used to cycling by myself, but I can't go off and leave him. Cycle 365 has motivated me to not give up riding just because I don't have time to go as far or do awesome rides like I did in the past.

10 response to "Do you speak English?"

  1. By: The Navigator Posted: February 14, 2021

    Beautiful pics and nice for mid-winter. I hear much of the US is very, very cold right now. And I’m happy you could have a conversation with some new people to break the isolation. I hope your place in the vaccine queue is soon, too!

    • By: Laura Posted: February 14, 2021

      Snow is to begin here in Louisville, KY within the hour. It is supposed to continue through tomorrow. I welcome snow, compared to the ice we’ve had for the last several days. My husband has had his first shot and is scheduled for the next. Our caretaker took him and said it took less than ten minutes from the time they walked in, but they sat there for 30 minutes afterwards. I am waiting for more information. Think I’ve posted that my doctor has not let me get a flu shot for the last three years because of the really bad reactions I’ve had. They assumed it was due to it kicking the autoimmune system into action. With my husband in the shape he’s in, I can’t afford to take the chance of spending two weeks on a couch like I did with the flu shots. Jim had no choice, but was given the Pfizer. I see my doctor again this spring and will discuss what she’s read/heard about AI reactions and which brand would be the best for me. Until then, I’ll continue to follow the recommendations of the CDC, but Jim is also going to continue with the masks, hand washing, etc. that we’ve been doing. I am ready for it to all be over, for sure!!! 🙂

  2. By: Suzanne Posted: February 15, 2021

    Looks like you had some sunny days and could get out, if just for a short walk. Good for you for getting a bit of conversation while you were at it. I bet those guys were glad that they weren’t in Wuhan last year!

    • By: Laura Posted: February 16, 2021

      “Had” is correct. We’ve had 5 1/2 inches of snow during the last 24 hours and just heard we are getting more tomorrow evening. I’m sure you remember the saying about postmen from our childhood…”Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” Yesterday was Presidents Day, but today there was too much snow, so we have not had delivery or pick up since Saturday. Even though we were quite a distance apart, I was glad they hadn’t been there is a long time, too.

  3. By: NancyG Posted: February 15, 2021

    Looks like some really nice lakes nearby you. And what a beautiful day you apparently had. Our snow will be talking its transition starting today, but this time that seems to mean some ‘ice rain’, freezing fog, and heavy melt to cause some possible flooding. Not to mention the ugly slush and gritty roads and bike lanes! Here’s hoping you get some snow and not too much ice.

    It had to be so good for you to have a nice talk with that fisherman. Good for you to open up conversation with him.

    • By: Laura Posted: February 16, 2021

      Not sure which is hardest on me…the weather that keeps me in and off the roads, the Covid that keeps me concerned and away from my friends, or the husband who just keeps me on my feet a lot. This wasn’t a good day for Jim and I had looked forward to a photography club meeting on zoom tonight, so my daughter insisted on driving over here after work to sit with him so I could have 90 minutes of peace and quiet to log on to the meeting. The caregiver has only been here once in seven days, but he said he thought he could make it tomorrow. Halleluia! I’m trying to talk myself into putting on my cross country skis and tootle around in the neighborhood. I think the hazard there may be the skis.

  4. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: February 16, 2021

    I bet if there were Australians there you would have thought we were not speaking English too. Ha ha. Well when I was in the USA in 86 quite a few didn’t understand me.

    • By: Laura Posted: February 16, 2021

      Funny you say that because a decade ago we were we took a day ride up the Mosel River in Germany. A couple and their daughter were on the boat and the guy asked us (little old Kentuckians who have a bit of a southern US accent) if we were from Australia. We told them no and where we were from. We then asked where they lived and they said Australia. You hear a lot of accents on bicycle trips, but couldn’t believe an Australian thought we were from there.

  5. By: gregblood Posted: February 16, 2021

    That was quite an impressive pothole in the second picture. I was planning to do a February Hazard Challenge dedicated to potholes, but now they’re filled with ice and snow so they don’t look quite so daunting.

    Nice pictures and nice story of your chat with the men from China.

    • By: Laura Posted: February 16, 2021

      The pictures mainly just shows one, but they were all the way across the causeway and there was no way out, but back across it. I bet I could ride across it smoothly now with all the snow we’ve had, but I’m not about to try it. After all the ice and snow here, there will probably be a lot of potholes in our pavement, too. Freezing and thawing usually messes up the backroads.

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