Date: Tuesday 31 October 2017 (Halloween)
Destination: Starbucks at Fox Mill Shopping Center in Herndon.
Mileage: 3 miles round trip
Posted by: Dan.
Today’s destination was the Safeway in the Reston Hunter’s Woods Shopping Center. I got a Yellow Lemon-Lime Flavored Power Aid. Did you know that it contains four ions–sodium, potassium, calcium, and magnesium? (Should ions be capitalized?) A 32-oz bottle has 320 calories. Anna got hot Chai Tea. Sarah got Sweet Iced Tea. And Rebbecca enjoyed a Strawberries and Creme Frappuccino. Her tall 12-oz size drink with whip cream had 270 calories. I think she enjoyed hers more than I did mine. Everybody got a free tootsie roll given out by Safeway since it was Halloween. According to Google, a Tootsie Roll has 28 calories.
I do think it is important to point out that I did “ride hurt” this afternoon. I sprang my ankle pretty badly a few days back while I was out for a jog. It happened at dusk as a car approached. When I tried to get as close the edge of the road as possible to avoid the car, my ankle gave way and I went down to the ground after my foot landed on the uneven boundary obscured by leaves between the road and the ditch. I will leave out the picture of my ankle (because you can’t unsee it), but it is still pretty swollen and bruised. On a scale of 1-10, the pain was around a 2 or 3 during the ride. I wore an ace bandage and tried to pedal faster than normal in a lower-than-normal gear to reduce the strain on my ankle.
Although it was a little crisp outside, it was a beautiful day for a ride. Because the temperature was in the fifties, it was a little cold when sitting at the picnic tables in the shade cast by the supermarket. So, we decided to move to a more sunny and warm location at a bench along a walking path at the shopping plaza to enjoy our beverages of choice.
When we got home from the ride, my wife immediately told me about the terrorist who a just used a truck he rented from Home Depot to attack cyclists riding in a New York City bike lane. The ISIL-inspired terrorist killed eight and injured 12 real people like me and you. I am sure these victims have full lives with people who they love and who love them very much just like me and you. I am sure that each of the individuals did absolutely nothing to the idiot who attacked them. This breaks my heart. I pray for God to be with and comfort the victims as well as the families and friends of those attacked. I also pray that the thinking and feelings that led to these attacks are somehow corrected and that we ultimately find a way to end these horrible attacks… In Christ’s name…. Amen.