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Leif Valin’s Daily Adventure November 18 2011

Leif Valin wrote a very entertaining story about his daily commute. Leif is surely one our most favorite riders and now he has become one of our favorite writers as well. He puts into words what we see on our daily commute. If it’s by car the best you can hope for is to get home without being more stressed out by terrible drivers. When we make the trip by bike at least you feel like you did something and usually it’s pretty fun. The Daily Adventure by Leif Valin My daily ride is a good little jaunt alongside the Platte River,I see all kinds of people and animals: Kingfisher,Avocet,Robin,Woodpecker,Dipper,Geese,Mallard duck,Canvasback duck,Blue Heron,Night Heron,Egret, Beaver,Muskrat,Turtle,Fox,Coyote,Raccoon,Rat,Mouse,Owl,snakes,Coot,Skunk,Hawk,Eagle,Rabbit, American hobo,American frowney face, American smiler, American Triathlete, to name a few.Things I would never see if I kept in my car,you don`t seem to see many live animals when your`e driving, more smashed ones. And drivers waving kindly are nil, so biking to work wins by a large margin. My mood is 30 % better when i ride to work, endorphins are the best drug with no negative side effects and I can still fit in my high school prom dress! There`s the people i see everyday that wave and smile as they walk or ride by, and there`s the people that never wave,smile or show external signs of happiness. I don`t know if these people are court ordered to be outside, like opposite house arrest. Here are some happenings on the trail: Skunks There is a certain area of the trail that is a Skunk thoroughfare, From Evans to Oxford. Iv`e had many near Skunk spraying`s but so far been lucky to escape with only my own self generated smells. Rolling up on a skunk in the freezing night ,nose so frozen I didn`t know if i had been sprayed or not until I got home and thawed out, there may be a Tomato juice bath in my future, and I accept that possibility. American Hobo The river attracts animal and human life,you can spot hobo hideout`s all alongside the Platte if you have a keen eye. Sometimes Hobo`s can be spotted in bushes as well,napping, dreaming of neverending beer rivers or a tent that has hoovercraft abilities. Once while riding home after dark my small one LED Knog Frog©  light illuminated a man and his ballast of a bicycle sound asleep across the entire path, in a position not unlike laying down on railroad tracks just before the train comes to end ones life. I stopped short of his neck and woke him with a few words, he stirred, arose and apologized in his sleepy, drunken state. I told him i could have killed him by hitting him with my bike and he could have killed me with the ensuing crash that killed him. He moved off the path to drink again. p.s.-Hobo`s like to poop on the path and sometimes leave their underwear there as well. American Drunkeypants© Riding home one night […]

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