(Rant #1) OK...It finally happened. I endo'd right over the handlebars, tucked and rolled, and still managed to dislocate my elbow. Boo hoo...Whatever...
(Rant #2) How? Was it on some really Phat downhill where I misjudged my track and stabbed my FW? Oh no...nothing that cool...it was on the greenbelt when I went to pass a group of Fat Middle-aged Yuppies (If they are any of your parents, you have my deepest sympathy). Coming off a side trail near the rock garden, I called out my usual "Biker coming thru to your left".....No physical response....just 4 huge OBSTINATE butts across the trail who refused to budge. Annoyed (read PISSED) I jumped off trail into a grassy area and hammered by them on the right. Short story version, there was a rain rut about a foot deep hidden in the grass (read rookie-level mistake). Three rolls and a few EDEMA later I was standing in front of these good folks popping my elbow back into joint "Lethal Weapon" style. (end of rant 2)
Summary: Kept my temper and gave them a short speech on trail etiquette. Rode out to my car parked at Zilker went home and iced up the arm (not to mention some brewski's). Rested up and then went riding again that afternoon. (went to the doc yesterday) I've endo'd before, but generally have seen it coming and have managed to walked away with scapes and bruises. I didn't see this one coming until I was already launched and falling.
Look, I know it's our responsibility to look out for peds, but they have a responsibility to COOPERATE with us too. Does anyone know of an austin discussion group for hikers and bikers to air out their feelings?? It felt like Mopac on the greenbelt last Saturday. Any similar experiences in this group? Or am I the only bozo?
Nyuk, Nyuk...that's all Kids!
P.S. My Cinder Cone came thru OK. Just had to readjust the front brakes.....Wotta BIKE