I am handicapped, and use a motorized bicycle to enjoy the outdoors. Today I took a ride to Spanish Lake, just a few miles from my home, and rode around the gravel road that surrounds it.
About halfway around the road, I was approached by a very rude woman in an SUV. She was very angry at me, and told me that motorcycles were not allowed. I don't have a motorcycle, I have a Schwinn bicycle with a little motor mounted on it, but if that's their rule, I have no problem with that. I told her I wasn't aware of the rule, and that I'd leave, but that wasn't good enough for her. She continued to berate me for not reading the sign at the entrance. I admitted that I hadn't read the sign, and agreed to leave. No problem. Still, she continued her tirade very angrily. She was persistently rude.
Ironically, I had just returned from a five-day trip to New York City, where I never encountered a single rude person out of the thousands I saw and dozens I interacted with. This lady was literally the first person I spoke with since returning to New Iberia, and she was meaner than anyone in New York.
So I turned around and headed for the exit, My bike only goes about 10-12 miles per hour on gravel, and this woman tailed me the entire time, riding behind me like she was trying to intimidate me or something.
When I got back to the front, I looked for the sign, and sure enough it was there... next to the boat ramp. As a boat owner, I expect to see boat ramp rules posted at a ramp. As a bicyclist, it doesn't occur to me to read boat ramp signs. They really need a sign at the gate of the lake road.
So I admit to breaking a rule, but it was inadvertent, and did not warrant such rude treatment. Any reasonable business owner would have seized the opportunity to turn me into a return customer, rather than making me never want to do business with them at all.
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