Well, I wanted to thank you for the encouragement to ride 200 miles this month, which will be a personal distance record for me. Previously, the most I have ridden in one month was 161 miles, so this morning, I actually hit my PR by rolling over the 162 mile marker for the month! Feeling good.
Except I had to walk my bike during the last 1/2 mile to my house.
Last night I went for a ride and nearly collided with a golden retriever that was running solo with it's leash trailing behind it. Susie Ponytail was out for a run with her two dogs, but let the golden run free. I was going at about 19 mph down the bike path and saw the dog playing in the river bed beside the path. Then, it started running toward Ponytail and she didn't seem to focused on warning me, stopping the dog, etc. I skidded to a stop, leaving about a 15 foot trail of rubber on the path.
I am not opposed to ponytails, dogs or sharing the path. But if you are out with your animals, please keep them on the leash, unless you are at a dog park or something. Otherwise, it is unsafe. Enough said.