The weather is heating up in Detroit. So far this spring the thermometer has hit that magic 90 degree mark a number of times. This past weekend was no exception, with both days hitting that number. Surprisingly, the heat came without the humidity, a rarity here in Detroit, and it made for a comfortable bike ride.
My bicycle journeys in the warm weather took me through a number of neighborhoods where folks were out enjoying the sunny weather. I saw people attending to ribs and chicken on smoking grills, as they talked and laughed among friends and neighbors. Some were out early in the day mowing the lawn before the heat of the day kicked in. There were a few homeowners poking around in their flower gardens or sweeping the sidewalks in front of their modest homes. Others were simply relaxing in the shade of a Norway maple tree, offering small waves or shouting out words of acknowledgment to those passing by.
One of the coolest things I came across while riding was an open fire hydrant with young kids relishing in the spray. It was something I haven’t seen in quite some time. The hydrant I saw was spraying an arc of water over the street, and there were 4 to 5 kids streaking through the waterfall. They were laughing, screaming and daring each other to stand under the water for as long as they could. What a fun, little party they were having! So I decided to join in by riding through the spray and cool off.
What a shock! The ice-cold water that was blasting out of the fire hydrant poured down with major force, much harder that I thought. Although I was soaked from helmet to shoes, it was refreshing in the hot afternoon. As I rode back through the deluge to continue on my journey, a kid about 7-years old yelled out to me, “Hey mister, you owe me $3.00 for the water.” I just waved and continued on, smiling to myself.