So I had to jump up on the sidewalk this morning to get to my favorite hardware store and when I went to cross the street and get back on the road it was like the floodgates had opened up with each direction jammed packed with autos. No big deal, I thought, I'll just cruise on the sidewalk and cross at the next light, but I felt like a nervous cat riding at anything above ped speed on the sidewalk. I was even passed by your basic junkie garage-store bicyclist going the wrong way at speed on the sidewalk. I should add this isn't a rant against sidewalk cycling, most of these folks are already hooked on something illicit so I don't think traffic laws are a pressing concern. My point was that I rarely ever feel spooked riding in traffic anymore, close passing 18-wheelers not withstanding, and I was just wondering if that spooked feeling I was experiencing is what newbies are talking about when they're scared to ride in regular traffic. Sorry if I'm rambling, my blood sugar is low.