59 miles today to clear 6,000 for 2014!
The first of what I expect to be be 3-4 crossings.
Here is today's thought train that inspired this post. As I was riding along today, I thought about the conditions of the roads on which I have been riding this year. In general, their condition has been poor. I have to ask myself, why, in this country, do we take so much pride in our collective performance in any given Olympics and so little in the infrastructure on which our people and our economy directly rely? It seems to reason that pouring money into infrastructure spending (versus defense spending) would make the country function more efficiently. Building better roads, bridges, and transport hubs would lessen traffic congestion, save lives, and ultimately help the environment from an emissions standpoint. These actions would directly improve the daily lives of ordinary citizens, and it would help grow the American economic beast that relies so heavily on that same infrastructure. Why do we so vehemently taught some ideal America only to look out the window and see crumbling roads, overcrowded airports, and public transportation systems that in all but a few cities are a complete joke? The Swiss take great pride in their rail system, and the Dutch take great pride in flood control. Who cares how tall the Freedom tower is when the NYC subway system, although still relatively efficient, is physically falling apart over a great deal of its length? How do we instill a much needed sense of national pride in our infrastructure so that bettering it becomes the truly American thing to do? I do not know the answer to this question, but I do know that by accepting the status quo, we send our leaders and the world a message much like the Wizard of Oz sent Dorothy and her vagabond partners; It's the facade, not what's behind the curtain that actually counts.
Western kingbird leftover from yesterday!