Something happened yesterday evening that got me to thinking. I was driving home when I spotted two fully loaded bicycle tourists (a man and a woman) going my direction. I immediately decided to welcome them to my town with a dinner out, and also offer to provide them a place to stay overnight if needed. I pulled ahead to park and then attempted to flag them down on the sidewalk. I yelled out that I was a rider, too and... I was gruffly told to get out of the way and they just zoomed by. I was in a suit and tie so it wasn't my appearance. I was annoyed but I quickly changed my mind because they smelled so bad that I was able to get a whiff of them from ten feet away. They were filthy dirty in appearance, too. There is no excuse for that and I surely wouldn't have wanted them in my home. ...These two and any others who are rude and unsightly give the rest of us a bad name. Thinking back, I have run into really dirty looking riders on the trail (only a few) and have wanted to move on in a hurry. I suppose there are trashy people everywhere, even in bicycle touring.
We All Reflect On Each Other
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