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First snow, and a little inspiration

Monday, December 7th, 2009

We got our first snow of the season overnight. According to the local paper, the accumulation totaled around an inch.

Naturally, this being southern Indiana, panic ensued. I sometimes forget how much people freak out about a little snow. The local paper had an article entitled “Snow, slick roads cause havoc on traffic, delay school start times.” Apparently, there were a number of accidents — in fact, my mom e-mailed me during the day to say that she had witnessed one on her way to work (and was able to avoid it):

A car was stopped at the light and a big SUV approached too fast (imagine that!), spun around and hit the back of the car and spun them around.

My bicycle ride to work was barely affected. There was a bit of snow on the roads, and the bike path was covered, but with knobby tires on my bicycle, I had no problems. And the side roads I take to work had little traffic. A good thing, since while I know how to deal with the snow, most people on the road do not.

I did my part to inspire another cyclist today, without even trying. As I left my apartment this morning, bike in hand, I saw one of our neighbors, a middle-aged lady I’ve seen riding her bike to/from work a few times before. She saw me with my bike, in the snow, and came over to talk to me. “Isn’t the snow a problem?” she asked, explaining that they had moved here from Arizona. I told her it’s not usually a problem … that ice is the real problem, and today I didn’t expect it to be too bad. I asked if she had knobby tires on her bike. She said yes, so I told her she was ready to go. She said, “Maybe I’ll give it a try. Thanks for the inspiration!”

After work, as I was walking the dog, I saw her roll up on her bike. “I did it!” she said. I talked to her for a minute, and she thanked me for helping her get the courage to try riding in the snow. My pleasure, of course. “I love my bike!” she said, as we parted ways.

It was great to see another rider enthusiastically broadening her horizons, and know that I helped in some small way. And, sometimes inspiration runs both ways. I remember my trepidation and excitement when I first started riding in the snow, and seeing a middle-aged lady trying it for the first time is pretty inspiring.

4 Responses to “First snow, and a little inspiration”

  1. Bill Lambert/Big Oak Bikes Says:

    You know, people see you out there riding and they think, “I could do that”. You are influencing people by your actions. Cool!

  2. Chris Says:

    A middle-aged lady said, after returning from riding a bike in the snow, “I love my bike!” That is too cool.

    What a gift you gave to her…

  3. Chandra Says:

    good karma 🙂

  4. Jon Grinder Says:

    Johnny Cycle-seed!

    Myself, I’m about ready to move to Arizona to escape the snow. Denver has seemed more like Nome, these past few days, and I’m hankering for Spring…

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