Today, I have an errand to run. I use that as an excuse to ride up to the tennis courts at 120th first, intending to do my errand on the way back.
I am stunned at the beauty around me; as surprised as if I'd never seen it before.
Now, I'm a very defensive rider. I signal. I call out "On your left," on a regular basis. I always check to see if anyone is coming up on my left if I'm about to pass. And now, I check my left not just once -
To my amazement, he shakes his head as he passes...
The rest of the ride is a meditation on whether it's a good idea to cycle at all in NYC. The roads are bad. Add in the cars. And then you have unlicensed behavior like this (and no insurance). Something like this could be life changing for me.
I come home feeling physically great. I love cycling - everything about it. Everything except this. Is it worth it?
It's an open question right now. It's not till after I'm home for sometime that I remember anything about the errand.