On my weekly walk we met a biker who stopped and talked. He stopped because one of our group jumps ten feet whenever a cyclist rides up behind us on a trail. Whether the person yells “On your left,” rings a bell, or just makes a sound, our walker friend jumps to the left in fright. It’s because she has been hit twice during our walks on hiking/biking trails. Some bikers haven’t learned the rules of the road, and some are just not courteous. Thank goodness, she was not hurt too badly either time.
I recommend this site http://kcbike.info/ for bikers who want to participate in fun and safe bicycle riding activities.
Anyway, Lee, the very polite bicyclist we met on our walk, told us he and his wife are from Philadelphia and moved here some years ago for work. Now they are retired and have talked about moving away–somewhere warm all year, somewhere closer to home, somewhere… else. But they decided to stay here because of the great hiking/biking trails in Johnson County. That’s correct. He bicycles every day, usually on the Gary L. Haller Trail. She walks the trails. He walks with her in the winter when the trails are too icy or the wind is too cold for cycling. She has her garden club, and he takes his kayak to Shawnee Mission Park. They have already found their retirement place.
Good retirement story!