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Any September 11th Ride Plans?(12 posts)

Any September 11th Ride Plans?TWD
Sep 10, 2003 3:45 PM
So, are any of you going to do a ride in remembrance of 9/11?

I think my biggest memory of that day was the overwhelming feeling that the our world had changed and that it would never go back to being the same. In a way, things seem more back to normal now, but in many ways they haven't.

It was almost as if I felt like it would be hard for things to get back to normal where you could enjoy the simplest freedoms like going out for a ride.

Now, I feel the opposite, like I need to go out and do those simple things, just so that I never take those freedoms for granted.

I think I'll take a longer route on my commute tomorrow.

How about you?
Going climbing. Just like any Thursday. nmSpunout
Sep 11, 2003 3:28 AM
afternoon century nmJS Haiku Shop
Sep 11, 2003 5:01 AM
Really? Still meeting up at 5:30?SpecialTater
Sep 11, 2003 5:27 AM
Maybe the 70 miles beforehand will slow you down to 15 or so and I can keep up......
yessirJS Haiku Shop
Sep 11, 2003 5:44 AM
starting at 12:30. hoping for 80 miles before the TNTR.

if you have headlight/taillight, it's about that time.
Dug 'em out last night...thx(nm)SpecialTater
Sep 11, 2003 7:24 AM
We had an impromptu parade this morning...Gregory Taylor
Sep 11, 2003 5:37 AM
I dug out a small American flag on a stick, jammed it in the strap of my messenger bag, and then headed off to work in Washington DC down the Mt. Vernon Bike Trail. Wound up collecting some riders who respectfully stuck on my wheel all the way to the 14th Street Bridge, which has a view of the Pentagon.

Neat side note -- someone put up some small American Flags on the railing of the 14th Street Bridge on the end of the bridge that is in view of the Pentagon.
I'd been thinking of this a fair bit, although notdjg
Sep 11, 2003 7:22 AM
necessarily in conjunction with riding and I cannot believe that I woke up this morning and just plain forgot. A couple of the kids have colds and we dealt and did what we do and I never thought about it. Got on the bike and rode into work.

I was actually in my car, heading down to the GW parkway, when they hit the Pentagon. I came upon the scene maybe five minutes later. I remember the huge column of black smoke and the people scattered across the grounds and heading toward the road. I can still picture it. And I forgot.

I rode in this morning. My usual commuting route takes me down along the Potomac, from north Arlington to 395, where I cross over into DC. I never tire of that view of the river. It's pretty. It's Washington. And I'm sort of sappy about it. This morning seemed especially quiet. Not that many folks about. Beautiful light on the river. I really took it in. The water, the monuments against the blue sky on the other side. All sorts of security and all sorts of folks milling about the Jefferson Memorial as I went past. It all seemed special today, but somehow I just didn't notice the date.
My wife, daughter and me are going to goZenJones
Sep 11, 2003 7:44 AM
down to Ground Zero tonight and see the lights. Remembering that day is something I do daily... it seems to always be in my head in some manner.

We lost 3 friends on that day while I stood on top of our building and, in shock, video taped the 2nd tower collapse.

I'll always remember 9/11/01 because my wife was working a later shift at the hospital that day and we got to set the alarm for a bit later than usual and what actually woke us up was a low, booming thud/shutter/vibration and not our alarm clock. My wife got up and started to nurse our baby daughter and looked over at me and said, "What was that?" and while trying to wake up I said, "Not sure, but it felt like '93 when the bomb went off in the WTC"

Next thing I heard was my wife calling out from our livingroom saying, "Oh my God! Get out here... the Trade Center is burning!" She was out in the livingroom watching it on channel 4 New York on the tv and I sat up in our bed and pulled back our window blind and could see the smoke billowing from the north tower.

It's still surreal and in some strange way, unreal to comprehend.

To this day, I have never been anywhere in the city when a plane flys by- and you hear the sound of its engines approaching- and it makes everyone look up.

It's become as common as breathing itself.
My wife, daughter and me are going to gowspokes
Sep 11, 2003 8:02 AM
You guys have really brought home some feelings with your stories above! I was at work. saw it on TV in a surgical lounge and just stood there with my jaw dropped. unbelievable. I made my way outside and back up to my office to call my family and saw this plane fly so low off in a distance...a big plane...not the usual puddle jumpers around here. Made the call a few minutes later and my mom told me that flight 93 went down near johnstown. I still wonder to this day if that was the plane I saw...the flight path makes sense! Scary...

I plan on doing nice calm rise to the top of cemetary hill tonight and sit and enjoy the view. In 9/11...There was no airport traffic flying in and out near my home...first time there was clear and beautiful unobstructed skies without the jet streams. I went up top of the hill then and looked out. I shall do the same tonight!
re: Any September 11th Ride Plans?noveread
Sep 11, 2003 9:58 AM
Well, I'm skipping the Thursday hammer fest to meet and ride with my new coach. And I'll wear my USA jersey...

Noveread
The Empty Wrapper
probably go mtb in solitude nmDougSloan
Sep 11, 2003 11:03 AM