Biking in the Park on a Sunday Afternoon

The preceeding picture is called The Right of the Road — A Hazardous Encounter on a Rocky Mountain.  It was painted by Frederic Remington in 1900.  It is on display at the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, Texas.  The Right of the Road, it depicts a bicycle rider and a stage-coach meeting on a country road. The horses are startled by the newfangled apparatus and it is very much a case of yesterday and today meeting head on.

I’ve always been somewhat leery of horses while cycling.  In the Park there is the mounted police.  If I have to pass one, I always call out my intentions, “passing on your right”.  This gives the horse rider some sense of my intentions and the horse some knowledge that I am behind it.  So far I have been able to avoid any incidents like was is depicted above.

Anne and I biked in the Park on Sunday.  We didn’t run into any horses though.  It was another sunny and warm late autumn day.  We rode fifteen miles.  We are pictured above sitting in the new Deer Lake Council Circle.  After some effort I got the camera’s timer to work.  On the way back home we stopped off at the VeloCity Cafe for some late lunch.

In news of other new construction in the Park, a new section of the bike path is being created around the southern side of the Zoo’s south parking lot.  It is being created by peeling off the necessary asphalt from around the perimeter of the parking lot.  The eastern half of the bike path has already been striped.  It is not entirely clear what is going to be the end result.  Will this be a second parallel path or are they simply moving the existing bike path over a few feet.  Time will tell.

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