I’ve recently purchased clipless pedals/shoes for biking and went out for my second ride with them last Sunday. I was feeling pretty confident about my dismounting abilities when, with only a couple miles left in our ride, I stopped short and forgot to unclick my foot. I spent a while regarding the pavement rushing towards my face, and then cleverly landed on my knee. What I didn’t know was the whole time this was happening, K was yelling,”whoa! Whoa! WHOA!” It’d be nice if yelling could stop gravity.

I fell right in front of a young woman in a wheelchair being pushed by what appeared to be her boyfriend. After making sure I was okay, she said, “That must have been scary.” And I mumbled something like, “Yeah, thems the breaks.” (Okay, I probably didn’t say “thems”). Then she said, “It seem like you could use this (her wheelchair), why don’t I just get up and let you have a seat?”

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