Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Harrison, AR, USA
A Cheap Reminder
I sent this to my friend Jim this morning, because he's fixing to take off on a long bike ride, and no number of reminders is too many. Thought I'd post it here, too.
I rode 5,000 miles with Jim last summer. He's a good rider. So am I. We don't make mistakes. You can't be making mistakes and stay alive on a bike. The math is against you.
You'd think, after so many miles, so many years on two wheels, that experienced riders wouldn't need reminders. But yesterday, I needed a little reminder, and God sent me one in the form of a blue pickup truck. Now I'm reminding you, to save God the trouble. Listen.
Yesterday I went for a bike ride.
When I stop at stop signs, I always look both ways carefully. Then I look again, both ways. Then I pull out, and most times, I look AGAIN in the process.
Yesterday I was at a stop sign waiting to take a left. I looked left, oncoming traffic was finishing up. I looked right, and there was nothing there. Nothing.
I looked left again, the last car went by, and I pulled out, making my left turn... without double-checking right. I don't know why, I never do that. But yesterday, just once, I did.
I came within a foot of getting creamed.
It was completely my fault. A pickup appeared from the right that hadn't been there when I had JUST LOOKED.
I suppose in my judgement there hadn't been any place or time for new traffic to appear from the right since I'd JUST LOOKED. But this one time, my judgement was wrong. I don't know where he came from, but suddenly out of nowhere, he was there.
And so was I.
One time. One foot. Thank you God.
Look twice both ways. Then again. Ride safely.
The Bad Ted
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