Two More Mid-Week Rides, But More Stress Than Relief…

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.


About TG

I've been around a bit and done a few things, have a couple kids and a few grandkids. I tend to be curmudgeonly, matter-of-fact and not predisposed to self-serving chit-chat. Thankfully, my wife's as nice as can be otherwise we'd have no friends. My interests are somewhat eclectic, but whose aren't?
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2 Responses to Two More Mid-Week Rides, But More Stress Than Relief…

  1. Peter Leiss says:

    Ah the joys of riding on the road. It seems that drivers get worse as the year progresses. It would be nice if everyone relaxed a little bit instead of the relentless pursuit of moving ahead of the next guy!

  2. Rich says:

    Have you had the valet parking on the country road where the guys figured that double parking 50 cars and completely blocking a lane would be just fine? That was a new one on us – ahh the joys of riding past $4M houses. We’re really hoping the sheriff wrote a lot of parking tickets!

    The rest of your experiences, unfortunately, sound familiar.

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