Well, I was able to get home earlier than usual tonight and on Tuesday so that Miss Debbie and I could get in a quick ride on the tandem before it got dark enough for a headlight. I would have normally considered this a good thing, but once again stupid motorists quickly removed the smile from my face and moved the rides from the realm of ”goodness” into “evil”.
Let’s see we had:
- The Millennial punk in the POS Volvo who decided to see how close he could get while putting his foot to the floor and speeding by.
- The idiot in the garbage truck who simply had to speed by so he could be the 20th car sitting at the 4-way stop instead of the 21st one sitting behind a bicycle.
- The two drivers at the 4-way stop who both arrived before we did who simply couldn’t grasp the concept that we’re a vehicle and will take our turn; no need to “wave us through” since we sure as hell don’t want to have you sitting on our rear wheel for the next few miles since you’d likely not know how to safely pass a bicycle any better than you know how to deal with one at a 4-way stop.
- The school bus driver who could have easily and safely passed us on a long, gradual descent with gravity on their side, lots of forward visibility and no on-coming traffic who decided to “hold back” and back up a string of 10 cars, and then try to pass us going up the other side of the valley, with on-coming traffic around a blind curve: brilliant!
- The handful of motorists who are delayed by mere seconds that feel compelled to display their intolerance of cyclists by flooring it as soon as they can finally pass and speeding down the road at twice the posted limit to make up that time. I especially love it when they do that and a few moments later we pull up along side at the next stop light: oh yeah, that was worth the effort!
- The string of motorists who were held up by the nervous nellie who we had to wave around that nearly rear-ended the nervous nellie when they had to stop an 1/8th of a mile down the road to make a left turn: yeah, and y’all thought we were holding you up!
But, let me thank the 40 or 50 other motorists who simply figured it out and were able to peacefully coexist with us on the road without so much as a bit of angst that we could detect.