During a ride a few days ago on a back country road I happened along some construction (replacing a utility pole) and a flagperson.
I stop, as insructed by the sign, just short of the flagperson and the following conversation ensues:
"There's cars coming the other way but you could probably squeeze through if you want." (maybe....the pylons where halfway out in my travel lane and he was just trying to help, he meant no harm).
"Naw, I don't think I will take the chance, some of those motorists can get a little bit ansy"
"Come oooooon you can do it!" (I want to stress here that the tone of his voice was some friendly teasing, he had resigned to the fact that I wasn't going to move).
"Nope (laughs) some of those people are quick to anger my friend and don't like cyclists. I'll just stay here and wait my turn"
"Jeez, why would anyone hate cyclists? They hate motorbikers, THAT'S for sure"
(into radio after last car passed) "ok sending biker."
That guy through me for a loop, I thought that most people knew that cyclsits are hated. There IS humanity, innocence and kindness out there!!