You can’t see America hiding behind your TV: Another closer look at Baltimore

On Tuesday, the day after the unrest in Baltimore following Freddie Gray’s funeral, I took a short trip into one of my favorite cities to see how my favorite people and places were holding up. I stuck to my usual route, the places I can reach from the truck stop without ruining my strict 14-work day schedule. Since I usually have to get back to Flint, Michigan in that time, that means two hours tops in Baltimore.
I saw an overwhelming police presence, including hundreds of National Guard troops, armored vehicles and police officers from around the state. I saw a few boarded up storefronts, and several work crews fixing other buildings. Most importantly I saw the same amount of Baltimorians milling about, going about their normal day and enjoying the beautiful weather.
Baltimore is a beautiful city. It broke my heart to see what happened to Freddie Gray and then to see the unrest on Monday. America had got some issues, but we won’t solve them by hiding in front of our televisions. Get out there this weekend and talk to people. Meet some strangers and see what they’re thinking.
Click here to see my route from the truck stop and back, including the water taxi ride.
On a side note, I’ll be in New York City with some friends this weekend for the Five Boro Bike Tour. I’m very excited about it. There will be about 35,000 other cyclists enjoying 40 miles of roads closed to traffic on a route talking us through all five boroughs, and over several of the cities bridges. Stay turned for pics.

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Normally I object when police park in the bike lane but I let this one slide.

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Just another beautiful day on the Inner Harbor

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On the Baltimore Water Taxi

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About kevinmckague

I left my former dead-end job in 2006 in order to become a truck driver. I wanted a career that was recession-proof, and that offered more opportunity for adventure. Now I travel the country with my bike in the passenger seat, and look for new places to visit whenever the opportunity presents itself.
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