Note that nothing bad happened, no collisions, not even close, no negative reactions from the cyclists, etc., etc.
I'm just wondering what everyone's opinion of the situation is. (I know, dangerous to ask for everyone's opinion in A&S. )
Road is a 55 MPH two-lane (one lane each way) state route, in a very rural area. Time was 9 AM - after most people have already left the area to make it to work on time, so traffic was low. Visibility was perfect.
Cyclist is riding on the white line, with a trailer. This is up a long hill, and I was at the beginning of the hill - meaning that there was plenty of room to safely pass. The centerline was a double yellow, however.
Rather than take the lane, when the cyclist saw me coming, he or she got onto the edge of the road (over the white line,) and I passed.
There was another cyclist further down the road, with a heavily loaded bike, in a similar situation.
I'm not sure about the legality of the pass (I have heard that there are some laws about passing slow moving vehicles in a no passing zone being legal, mainly for when you get stuck behind a ~20 MPH tractor... but cyclists don't show SMV signs, obviously,) but that's not what concerns me as much as whether the pass was the correct response safety-wise.