So I almost had 2.5 miles on my errand trip… and I was curious about what the construction signs were about on the side street… so I went past my house and turned. I went by a family going across the street where the man and boy child were in comfortable shoes and carrying day-glo sneakers, while the woman was struggling behind them in heels… and then saw the lady standing by 8 bags of stuff… loading them onto her shoulders… what’s up with that? There’s a story there, I thought… but she looked like she knew what she was doing. I went a little further – looked to be ordinary asphalt repair, because the busses do that. I turned around and … the lady was just a little further up the road, bags off her shoulder now… catching her breath.
I popped up on the sidewalk and dismounted.
“How far are you going?” …
“to the corner (bout a quarter mile), where the bus *usually* stops.”
Okay, was she trying to catch it? Didn’t matter.
“How ’bout putting your bag on the back here…’ (the skateboard thing on the back)
“No, I’ll be okay… these allergies aren’t making it any easier to breathe.”
“You can hold onto it… then let’s walk. ”
She started lifting the bag… “It’s really heavy.”
We hoisted together. “You keep it stable and we’ll walk.” She was still breathing hard… but it got better as we walked … seems that it was a nice day so she had walked to the store & got on the bus… that rode right past where it usually turned… because of the construction. It had been re-routed.
“I’ll be fine now.” She lifted the bag and walked to her front door — which was oh, 100 feet from “where the bus usually stops.”
Yes, I’d imagined years ago exactly that as being “something I could do with an Xtracycle — help somebody with heavy stuff, without them worrying about me riding away w/ their stuff.”
She’d have made it, eventually, probably, but it would have sucked. It’s a good day when you can make somebody’s day not suck *and* it doesn’t even get complicated.
Update: CUMTD replied “Apologies. Reroute was posted for the 5 but not the 50. It’s been corrected online. Thanks for tweet and assisting on the street.”
Dude, they gots poet tweeters at Mass Transit!