Fair Weather Pikers

With the recent warm weather there has been a marked upsurge in bicyclists and rollerbladers on the trails.  What I find annoying is that some of them seem to regard the presence of me and my dog as some sort of impediment to their progress.  Some seem hellbent on riding two-abreast and on cutting across corners, which tends to cause them to impinge on my personal space.

The other annoyance I now face is a group of women who walk three-across and seem to want to dare me to stay on the trail and hit one of them.  What the hell is up with that?  They’re lucky I was raised to be nice to women, regardless of how chauvinistic they may find it.

I can’t help but wonder where all these people were when it was 40 degrees and raining?  I was out there every day with the dog—rain, shine, or snow.  The only things that keep me away are lightning and ice.

Anyhow, I’m tired of accommodating rude riders and inconsiderate walkers.  Perhaps it’s time to deploy the stiff-arm approach. 


  1. Jim Carson says:

    …group of women who walk three-across…

    The emphasis of this should be on the word group rather than women.  Men do this, too, although maybe not quite as bad.  We humans often choose rude and inconsiderate behavior when to do otherwise would sever us from our group, even momentarily.  Ergo, the perils of group-think.

  2. That’s true about the group dynamic.  Although in most cases it isn’t quite so “hostile.”  Usually it’s with people I haven’t seen before, so perhaps it’s just simple cluelessness.