Jury Duty

I rode out to Hillsborough on Wednesday for jury duty. As it happened, I also got some mileage in before the cold weather showed up.
Due to a general lack of time, I rode up Old 86 in the morning. It is the most direct route from Carrboro to Hillsborough. It also really needs a few more feet of width along its entire length. There is barely room for a fog line in some places, and the volume of cyclists on that road daily between Hillsborough Rd. and Dairyland Rd. alone makes it difficult for everyone, two wheels or four. I understand NCDOT is looking into this, and rightly so.
Before I left, I checked with my cycling friends as to the availability of bike parking at the courthouse. I ended up down at the Weaver Street Market, which has an okay bike rack. (Is there a Hillsborough Bicycle Coalition to buy them a better rack?) Maybe the courthouse can get a bike rack after the bike route to Hillsborough is finished. Funny that a place so many rides start from has no bike rack.
After a long day of waiting and a few questions, the court thanked me for my time and dismissed me. So I rode Orange Grove to Dodson’s Crossroads to Dairyland, and back on Old 86 toward home. That is a much nicer route through the countryside, and only slightly longer. A lot of fall foliage, low traffic, more room than Old 86, and a kid on the school bus who asked while we were at a stop if I wanted to race. I caught up to him further down Orange Grove after he’d stepped off the bus, and was sent down the road with a “We meet again!” I gave a chuckle and chugged on for home.

I have been cycling in one form or another since the second grade. More recently, I have been riding to work since 2000 and moved to Carrboro in 2013. Once upon a time, I got profiled on bikecommuters.com over here: http://www.bikecommuters.com/2012/10/06/commuter-profile-ben-august/

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