Wednesday, April 15, 2009

holy smokes!

today i went on a training ride along the gateway trail. my ride was supposed to be 1:45 long with cruise intervals of 6 min each with 2 minute recoveries. i figured i could ride near Stillwater before turning around and heading back. it was a beautiful day today and i wore short sleeves and shorts for the first time this year on a ride! woo hoo! its been a while since i rode the gateway trail but i remembered incorrectly that there were longer stretches of trail before it crossed roads where i would have to stop. i constantly had to stop or slow down. it was impossible to keep any sort of rythm or steady pace but it was exciting to be out riding on a beautiful trail on such a nice day! until i smelled smoke!
a few seconds later i passed over a bridge and saw this...


i took a look around an noticed that there was no one nearby. it wasnt a controlled burn! i took out my cellphone dialed 911 and described my location the best i could. the operator quickly dispatched the fire department and within 2 minutes the firetruck pulled up and the firefighters extinguished the fire.


quite a crowd had gathered to watch the action. i stuck around for a few minutes before riding off to finish my workout. the rest of my time was pretty uneventful other than the constant stopping and starting but i enjoyed my afternoon in the sun.

woo hoo spring kicks ass!

oh and remember kids...

5 comments:

Jen Rife said...

Wow! Nice work on realizing there was a problem and calling 911! Good thing you had your phone (and camera) on you!

carly said...

aww.. my hero! or, someone's anyway!

Renee said...

Good job! So many people would have just kept going and assume that someone else was taking care of it. Made for a very picture for your blog too!

Adam Beston said...

Pretty sweet. I always wonder about stuff like this and cyclists being a little better about it for the number of people in cars. Score one for the cyclists actually caring! Silly cagers can't reach past their metal and glass cells.

Borsch said...

Good job calling 911!

Ps...I have the same thing feelings about the Gateway and the Greenway!