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Saturday, May 9, 2009

Bonelli Park: Spun out, A Dog Down, Meme, Mark and El Merendero

Mark , Meme and I rode around Bonelli Park today. It was fun, not too hard and we did about 2/3 of the big loop. The morning was overcast when I headed to Bonelli Park and riding SS 34 X 19 on the road was not fun. It didn't take much to run out of gear and start spinning. This was almost 85% of the trip to our meeting place. It usually takes me about 20 - 30 minutes from my house to the park and ride off Via Verde on a "geared" bike. On a SS, its about 35 - 40 minutes.

Riding through the park, I came upon a frantic woman who asked for my help. You see her three dogs were playing in the park, running up and down the hills when one of the dogs crashed into a tree or brush or something of that sorts and gave itself a very big gash. Her husband was holding the dog down and applying pressure on the open wound. The lady asked me to ride to the guard tower and get help. I did and then rode back to see if there was anything else I could do. By that time a park maintenance crew was there with their pickup. They also signaled help. The dogs owners ended up riding with the maint. crew to a vet. I hope the dog is okay but it didn't look to good.

After that fiasco, Meme and I met up with Mark and we started on our ride. We took the usual route that takes us parallel to the 10 Fwy then past the horse stables and into "Vietnam". We rode parallel Puddingstone Drive and then over to the dam. At about the dam we turned around and headed to El Merendero for lunch.

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