We are all creatures of habit. I have ridden on River Road hundreds upon hundreds of times over the last 20 years. I have ridden it so often that my bike has memorized every bump. I believe I could take my hands off the handlebars and my bike would navigate with ease. I choose to keep my hands on the handlebars, not for fear of crashing, but for fear of how unsettling it would be if my bike actually took control.
Of late, the city has been replacing the sewer system one house at a time and the impact upon River Road has grown with each passing day. Having now reached a point where the destruction spans 4 or 5 blocks and makes riding downright unbearable.