LS: Your Town Coulmn March 15, 2009

If you’ve ever walked or biked the Riverfront Trail, you know about sharing the road.

This time of year trails are full of walkers, inline skaters, leisure bikers and speedy road bikes zooming past. As a bike rider, when coming upon slower traffic, it’s common courtesy to announce your presence. Usually, a friendly “on your left” is all it takes. Often those ahead are in tune with nature and oblivious to what’s behind them. An abrupt “on the left” can easily startle a group who might be otherwise gazing at the view or in deep conversation.

Well, that was me last Sunday, coming down from a hike on the lower Liberty Cap Trail. We’d passed several hikers on the way up and down the trail, and there were a few running the four-mile, round-trip distance.

Several hundred yards from the trailhead on the way back to the car, the three of us were walking and talking when my son said, “look out Mom.” While there are a number of ways to interpret this, I figured someone must be coming up behind us. I saw him scoot off the trail to the left, and my other son in front of us scooted to the right. Startled, I wasn’t sure which way to go, so I bobbled between left and right, before heading to the right at the last second, and plowed down the runner with my shoulder as he descended the hill at breakneck speed, sending him flying into the soft dirt and rocks.

In one motion, the dazed runner, rolled once, got back to his feet, apologized for going too fast and out of control and continued on his way.

I felt awful.

Mr. Runner, if you’re reading this, I hope you’re OK. Please, next time announce “on your left.”

While you were picking cactus thorns and rocks out of your shin Sunday night, my boys were high-fiving me for delivering such an awesome hockey-style body-check.

Beware: next time I go hiking, I’m taking along my hockey stick.

• Want to learn more about the history of Fruita’s Fat Tire Festival and the Kokopelli Trail?
Check out the Museum’s Oral History Program at noon March 19 at the Whitman Educational Center, 248 S. Fourth St. Troy Rarick will present information on the popular bike festival and trail.
The program is jointly sponsored by the Museum of Western Colorado and the Mesa County Historical Society and is free to the public. Take a lunch.
Call 242-097, ext. 209 for information.
And leave the hockey sticks at home.

• The Daughters of the American Revolution’s semi-annual card party will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 21 at the Moose Lodge, 567 25 1/2 Road.
There will be a light lunch and door prizes, with proceeds from the $7 admission, going to fund scholarships for youth.
Call Dorothy Inscho at 245-2645 for tickets.

• The Pro Second Amendment Committee’s annual award banquet is set for March 21 at Two Rivers Convention Center.
Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., and the program is at 6:15 p.m.
The program will feature speakers, and awards will also be presented to the 2009 essay winners.
Call 241-8068 for information.


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