This was posted on Face book a few hours ago. Please everyone be careful out there.
HERE IS A LINK
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The intentional run-off-the-road-be ready to be surprised.
I've been riding a few years-50 to be exact-and a lot of miles-over a million is my guess, maybe closer to two, but I have never really kept track-and I've gotten to where nothing surprises me anymore-we've all gotten there to some degree-the car pulls out or turns into our path and we say to ourselves "I knew they were going to do that". It's worth mentioning that in all those miles-I have never made contact with another vehicle. I used to get angry when this would happen-and if you ride every day, like I do, it happens every day to some degree. But somewhere along the way, I realized that I was taking these "encounters" way too personal. So I stopped getting angry-and I am a lot happier rider today. But this week someone managed to surprise me-and I got mad.
While on my way to town-a 10 mile ride through the country-I see an oncoming vehicle-Red truck, we both get to the bend in the road about the same time-a left for me a right for (her).
So I am late-apexing, a habit-especially with oncoming traffic and I see her front wheel cross over the double yellow-so I stay outside and with my left arm extended I point to my left-it's another habit when drivers start to cross over into my lane-usually gets the driver's attention when they seem to be ignoring the paint and the raised reflectors. I get a wave occasionally, the finger a few times-but they move over, so I consider 'the point' to be effective.
However (she) keeps crossing over until her entire vehicle is in my lane. Our speeds are 60+ so the distance between us is closing pretty fast-and I don't have many options left-fortunately for me this particular curve has a 12' or so paved run off-it's in front of a closed business.
I flash my HIDs several times and move to the hard shoulder and I'm 3' right of the limit line as (she) zips by-still in my lane making not the slightest effort to move back into hers.
The "surprise" in all of this was the full-faced grin and direct eye contact I see as she and I pass. I expected to see the typical distracted driver; head down, texting, or head turned towards the radio-but she was staring directly at me-and smiling.
So I got angry-I made a u-turn and caught up to her at the stop sign a half mile back-there were several other cars ahead of her vehicle so it was easy to ride up alongside her door and confront her through her open window.
I won't post what I said verbatim, but essentially it was; "Pardon me miss, I noticed you attempted to kill me back there, and I was curious as to the reason-if I may ask?"
What I got from the very young driver was that same grin-but no comment-not a word, and she punctuated her silence with a deep exhalation of her cigarette in my face.
I was shocked to say the least-I wanted to just kick in her door-but I just shook my head and left-surprised-dumb-founded, but surprised nonetheless. I remember thinking her ex-boyfriend likely rides a sport bike!
So what did I take away from this encounter?
Be ready to be surprised-100% of the time.
Rant over-thanks for reading-comments welcome.
btw--It was a late model Red Dodge Ram 4 X 4, twin tool boxes with a yellow lab-mix tied up in the back-if you know this girl-please PM me her address!! I'm kidding, sort of. But if you live in Shasta County-or are passing through-be aware-this gal likes messing with us (bikers).