Of course I have to tell a story from my day’s ride, right?
I was cruising along with the wind when I noticed a bicycle rider coming from the opposite direction who pulled over to the side of the road and came to a stop. He got off his bike and bent down near his rear wheel as if he had a flat tire or something.
Like any courteous cyclist, I slowed down and called across the road, “Is everything alright? Need any help?”
“Nope,” he replied, “just picking up roadside litter.”
“Wow, that’s cool. Thank you!”
He just glared at me as he put some unidentifiable object in a bag on the top of his rear rack. Perhaps he was offended. I don’t know.
I was immediately reminded of the time I ran into a similar situation on one of my first tours. In that case, the guy was walking his bike up the road with an obviously flat tire. I asked if he needed a tube or some help changing it. He said, “No thanks, I already called for a ride.” I still remember thinking about self-sufficiency. That dude was NOT self-sufficient.
See you tomorrow.