The sun broke free a couple hours ago so I decided to take advantage of it and go on a bike ride. About halfway through my big loop it turned to shit all at once: cold, windy, pouring.... so I sped up.
Coming back through the park I approached the Slippery Footbridge of Death which I'd only just the other day warned Whitaker to not fuck around with... even a few rain drops on its surface makes it incredibly dangerous. Anyway, I see a bike laying on its side, under part of the railing, with no owner in sight. The kid (boy teenager bike) must have crashed. You wouldn't lay a bike down there, and not in that fashion. And you wouldn't play in that area (the fun play areas are elsewhere) and you wouldn't play in that weather.
I looked around... in the creek, under the bridge... no sign. I biked around all the trails exiting the park... still nothing. (I figured he might be hobbling his way out with a broken arm or something.)
After searching awhile I gave up and headed back home, which required going back over the footbridge. The bike was still there. I'm riding pretty damn slow, but sure enough... I crash.
I now have notable bruises/scrapes on my elbow and hip. Yay for helmets? :)
I wonder if my fellow crashing buddy was wearing a helmet.
I should go back and see if his bike is still there.
Should I go take it and leave a note? Or turn it in to the police? I don't want assholes to jack it and keep it.
Update: Bike retrieved. Police notified. Note left.