by danielml on May 13, 2007
Thursday, the 10th, I put Aster in the trailer and decided to ride down to the Kalamazoo Valley Public Museum. It was an alright ride down there. The sidewalks were pretty bad and I dared not ride down W. Main. I'm not built up enough this season to feel I can compete on the road ... especially not hauling a trailer.
Not much happened on the way there. It was mostly downhill and at one point I had to ride against the flow of traffic on a one-way street just to get to the sidewalk. It annoyed me that at one other point, I absolutely HAD to cross railroad tracks at a 45 degree angle, too.
We arrived at the museum and I used 3 bike locks (2 coils and 1 U-lock) to lock everything up. The museum was nice. There was a decent "natural forces" display as well as a good kids-science exhibit. I impressed a couple of the museum ladies with my explanations of some of the exhibits to Aster. Haha. j/k.
We spent about an hour there and had a good bit of fun. Aster's favorite exhibit was the old fashioned Taxicab.
When we left there were a lot of people hanging around outside. Aster was trying to show off by running around on a low wall and jumping off. Some lady commented to me that he was very cute and she thought the trailer was cool. About halfway home, I noticed my headlight was missing. I wonder if it got stolen?
The ride home was tough. The long uphill stretch of W. Main from downtown to Drake really beat me up. I made it without stopping, though. Closer to home, I was riding down a side street and made a signal to turn left. A car quite a ways behind me started honking and honking. The car that was honking pulled up behind me and a guy started yelling at me saying "I'm gonna kick your ass you white-ass mother-fucker!" I just kept riding and exclaimed "whatever" to myself.
We rode the rest of the way home without incident. It was very warm out and I enjoyed a nice cool shower once we got inside.