|Brake part laying next to my ATM on Westown Pkwy. A remindered that the streets are littered with parts. I think it was smiling and laughing at me!|
I'm beginning to think that THEY do not want me to ride a bicycle to work anymore. First an irreplaceable and unsafe-to-detour section of trail is closed for a week or so forcing me to find alternative routes. Now I find one of my alternatives a literal battleground for cars. Ashworth Rd from 8th St to well past 16th.
I took this road to avoid the Dowling 5 am gang and the hill. Ashworth to 28th is what I rode. Done it many times at 5 am when traffic is nill. But as soon as I made that left turn onto it I knew something had happened. For 10+ blocks my lane was litter with bits and pieces of cars. Plastic bumper parts, headlight assembly, chunks of tire with wire beads sticking out, glass ect. Even where a lane was closed off for construction this dross was strewn all over the road. There was a continue stain of some automotive fluid in the lane and upon closer inspection fresh grooves cut into the asphalt surface from something dragged or pushed.
I was glad I rode my touring bike with its beefy flat resistant tires. Any lessor tire probably would be missing air.
I was glad to turn right onto 28th and make my way across I-235 to Westown Pkwy. Away from the rolling battle. But near my final stretch on Westown I discovered that road construction took out several lanes. Damn, I should have taken the trail!