Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Waynesville, NC
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Glad they didn't come over on top of you! Probably more than a finger would have met their eyesight, I'm bettin'!
I work as a courier for my "9 to 5". Drive almost 2,000 miles a week between work driving and getting my wife and I to work. I see some of the most incredibly stupid, lame stuff out there on the roads. I have long wanted to take my video camera and record this stuff.
Since you're a Virginian, here's one for ya: about 4 years ago my brother and I were coming down 81 heading south. We were on our annual bike vacation. This was the summer that the state patrol declared that, as of the 4th of July that year, all tickets would be doubled. I don't know the mile marker but we were starting down a long downhill that continued up a long uphill. We were in the left lane behind light traffic but only doing a couple miles over. I spied a trooper northbound coming down the other hill, in the fast lane, turn signal on to pull into a thicket of small trees and bushes in the median. A trooper hiding spot! However, the trooper drove through the thicket and abruptly stopped with his front bumper at the white line of the left lane. Traffic started slamming on brakes and diving sideways, not knowing if was going to dart out into the lane. Endangered everyone's life in those southbound lanes.
Imagine if it was raining or had been, or maybe foggy.
When I came back to riding after several years off, I started reading as much safety tips and other rider's experience stories that I could hold. The most useful tip I keep wedged into my frontal brain lobe is "look for things that can happen and ride like it will".
I think you did it right, too , by following a crappy moment with taking in the peaceful calm rest of another moment. To me, the latter is much more powerful!
"Nothing bugs a handyman more than a stripper that works too slow" ~ Red Green
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