Today, I went to Merchandise Mart in order to pick up my T-shirt for Bike The Drive for Sunday (for which I am psyched :)). However, the ride featured some “close calls.”
- When I was on Clark Street near the 7000 block, a pedestrian jumped out in front of a car and I was startled, but somehow managed to avoid hitting him, losing control, or crashing.
- Quite a few times I had to stop for ambulances. Good thing none of them came for ME!
- Potholes, road work, and other annoyances littered various points of Clark Street.
- As I approached Fullerton (about 9 miles into the trip), I realized that I had FORGOTTEN my T-shirt voucher at home! I quickly considered going home, and had the idea running through my head, “I’M AN IDIOT!! Was this trip really necessary?” Two things kept me going:
- Why should I give up on a ride that I was doing anyway?
- Since I am already registered, they can probably set me up anyway.
- Indeed, at Merchandise Mart, the help desk provided me with a replacement voucher under the condition that I destroy the old voucher at home. Affirmative, General!
- Not exactly about “close call,” but last time Mom and Dad were in Chicago, Dad had considered an “experiment” with fresh Garrett’s popcorn vs. Nuts On Clark. With a Garrett’s branch in Merchandise Mart, that’s a bit closer to the nearest Nuts On Clark at Union Station!
- Biking in downtown Chicago is intimidating, but I refuse to be daunted. I ride safely (most of the time)!
- Did I mention how annoying the wind is?
I guess that it’s OK that you sometimes suffer some close calls. A sense of danger is a healthy thing!
Today is the twenty-fourth day of M.A.P.L.E. That makes three weeks and three days.