I headed west. There was a fair amount of traffic on the trail tonight. I wasn't surprised as it was a beautiful afternoon. Unfortunately, there were a lot of people on the trail that just don't follow the rules of the trail.
- Cyclists without helmets, or "Volunteer Organ Donors." I get the whole we're out for a leisurely ride and the helmet screws with my hair - besides I didn't wear a helmet when I was 12, so I should be fine without one as an adult. Even at a leisure pace, you can do serious damage to your head should you fall. Just wear the helmet.
- Cyclist riding 2+ abreast on the trail when there is oncoming traffic. Again, I get the whole I'd like to socialize while I ride. I do it all the time. However, if there are other cyclist, runners, walkers, etc coming - fall into single file and get out of the way. Especially if you are riding on the wrong side of the yellow line.
- Walkers pushing strollers on the wrong side of the trail. Especially if you are walking with your friend who is walking on the other side of the trail. I'm a pretty considerate cyclist. I announce my presence with a loud "ON YOUR LEFT." Having to announce myself as "COMING BETWEEN YOU" should never, ever ever happen.
A good ride like this one makes me feel a little more at ease about Augusta, and that's a good, good thing.