Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Bike path’s for walkers, too

Ketchum has been a good place to visit. Recently some family and I were visiting to attend a cousin's wedding and also see the sights that the area had to offer. So on a quiet and sunny Sunday, three of us decided to walk a mile or two down the Wood River bike path. Got some cool photos, good memories were made and the exercise kept our spirits up.

The strangest thing started happening, however. We were encountering rude bicyclists here and there, but most stayed civil; we weren't going to let them bother us.

On our way back, a rude man on a bicycle (I'd estimate in his late 30s) had managed to spout off a few coarse and snide comments about how we didn't move over enough for him. As my brother and I had a small argument while he was passing, the man's language worsened, including compelling my brother's wife to do unspeakable actions to herself while a child was in the bike's trailer. We naturally were enraged but kept to ourselves and allowed the man to ride on.

The incident was surprising since the area has a reputation (whether desired, deserved or neither) of people keeping to themselves.

We got to a fork in the path where we were going to go to the right but we saw the man coming back at us. We really didn't need another encounter with this foul man so we took the other way quickly, hoping the man wouldn't follow us farther.

The point is to remind all who use the trail to be courteous to other trail users and to be mindful of the rules, which I later found out we had adhered to perfectly. Stay classy, path users.

Matthew Jensen


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