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Not the same...(2 posts)

Not the same...Me Dot Org
Sep 12, 2001 9:30 PM
I thought about riding yesterday, but the Golden Gate Bridge was closed. I had a friend admitted to the hospital yesterday, and I had to take care of her dogs, babysit another friend's kids for awhile, so I was pretty busy.

This afternoon I realized that I was not watching "NEWS", but rather a recounting of the same horrific facts. I had to get out.

I rode to the Golden Gate Bridge and was suprised to see it (again) closed to bicycle and foot traffic. A worker at the concession stand told me they had received bomb threats and they thought that the bridge would remained closed to foot traffic for the next few days.

It remains a mystery to me why the bridge should remain open to automobile traffic. After all, an automobile could carry a lot more explosives than a cyclist or a pedestrian, but let's face it, the world is not the same as it was Monday.

There was a shuttle taking cyclists and pedestrians across the Bridge. I was joined by 2 other cyclist going over to Marin for the same reason: to get out, to spend some time away from the horror of the past day and a half.

My ride started tentitavely, but as it went on I felt stronger and stronger. It felt good.

But even so, the images and thoughts that came to mind were of the living and the dead of New York, Pennsylvania and Washington.

Be well, be safe. Ride and recover.

And never forget.
Agree...Mike Prince
Sep 13, 2001 4:42 AM
As an American living in England, the last few days have been numbing, although I know I am far from alone in feeling this. Tuesday I left the bike at work and drove home. Yesterday I just didn't feel like it. Today I will get back on and have a great ride. Time to cleanse the mind and get away from the news for awhile. Plus after averaging 180+ miles a week for the last several weeks, it feels so strange to have 30 on the clock with only a few days left in the week.

Hope that the family, friends and associates of all back in the US and on this board are safe. We are praying for you all.