Bicycle Stolen From Under Burlington Rider
One of the suspects shoved the 19-year-old victim off the bike and rode away, Burlington police Sgt. Matthew Sullivan said in a statement Monday. The other suspect rode off on a BMX-style bike, Sullivan said.
It did happen at 2:15 in the morning which is not a time I am apt to be out riding so I guess I don't need to worry too much. But I must say when I am riding it has never occurred to me that someone is going to knock me off my bike and speed away with it!
Happily my bike rides this week have been less eventful than the above mentioned ride. I commuted yesterday and while not sunny the foliage was still rather stunning.
Today I did NOT commute as I had an appointment two towns away and while I am rather hard core I cannot bike that distance in the time I had. So I drove to work , the appointment , back home and got ready to ride.
But I didn't feel like riding because I was chilled but my choices were:
- skip exercising - not me
- go to the gym and use the elliptical - right
- suck it up and ride even though it was cold
So I guess you know what I chose.
By that time it was 5:30 on a dismalish day (I think I just made that word up) and not very light out. So I got out my two bike lights to ride with. Last time I couldn't get my light off and may have forced it off and maybe it no longer attaches and stays on the handlebars. I ended up putting it in my bento box. Cars could see me but it didn't do much for what I could see.
Imagine the beaver. He is there but I didn't capture him.
It wasn't very dark at first and I had a huge thrill on the first half of my ride. I didn't bring my camera because it was getting dark (true) and I wouldn't see anything I hadn't seen before (false). I went by a beaver dam that I run by on many runs and rides. I always look for a beaver but have not seen one in 30ish years. I am not exaggerating as the last time I saw one I had no children! Well, tonight I glanced over as always and THERE WAS A BEAVER SWIMMING! I watched and tried to take pictures with my phone. Before long he slapped his tail and dove!
I continued on my way and came to a point where I could go longer or shorter. I went longer and was truly enjoying my ride in spite of being way overdressed. I guess it wasn't as cold as I thought. I don't want to tell you what I wore - it was ridiculous for 53 degrees on a bike. Then I came to another longer or shorter point and I went with the shorter route. This was good as the longer route was on my canopy road which would have been really dark. It was getting darker by the minute (duh) and I had to go by the dam again and guess what? He was out again! Are beavers more apt to come out at dawn and dusk? I used to see them all those many years ago when I rode very early in the morning. These beaver sightings put me in quite a good mood. I also was really enjoying this dark riding. It wasn't pitch black but I was surprised at how quickly it grew quite dark. When I got home I really needed a flashlight to put my bike away and walk across the yard. But the ride rocked and took away some stress.
And here's a few more fall photos for those of you who are experiencing a vicarious Vermont fall.