17
Sep
08

Kicked off the trail by the police at 4:30am!

So here it is Day 2 of ridiculously early start to the day. 

(See yesterday’s post for further details)

Lucy and I took off yet again at 3:30am – still quite bright, still not quite a full moon, so maybe tonight? – and yet again enjoyed a pleasant walkie….

until about 4:30am.

We were headed home.  I noticed at one of the street intersections that a cop had pulled someone over – at 4:30am… c’mon, dude!  I knew they saw us because we had to cross the intersection to get back on the trail.  Sure enough, as we approached the next intersection, I saw the cop car pull up, and suddenly I was blinded by a strong flashlight pointed right in my face.  Lovely, just what I need at 4:30am, a confrontation with a policeman.

Copman: “you aren’t supposed to be on the trail during hours of darkness.”

Me: “Are you serious? I’m on the trail every morning in darkness and there are many other people with me.”

(meanwhile, Lucy is jumping up on cop man, totally excited that we have met a new “friend”)

Copman: “Thieves use the Iron Horse trail to escape, I’d hate for anything bad to happen to you.”

Me: “Thieves?!?!”  (SO READY to argue, “um this is Alamo, not Hayward”, but quickly remembering that it is 4:30am, it is still dark, I am tired and I need to get home),  “um, okay.  We’ll just walk on Danville Boulevard.”

Copman: “That is much safer.  I feel much better, thank you.”

Me: (muttering to myself) “yeah, until we get run over by a CAR.”

Damn, I’m a wimp.  In my younger years, I sooo would have argued with him.  Either that or laughed in his face. 

Clearly the police-people of Alamo/Danville have NOTHING better to do with their time.  Can you imagine the dinner conversation when this man comes home and his wife asks, “how was your day?”

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