Out enjoying my ride today in the country. It’s straight and level, but coming up is a little down hill and left turn near the bottom. I spy a truck waaay back and I figure I've got time to make the left before he gets on me, so I stick my arm out and move to the left.
I’m out there for maybe 10 seconds and he closes on me pretty fast and keeps inching to within 6 feet (speed limit is 45). We're going about 25 or so and the turn is about 30 yards away. It's off camber, kind of turns back instead of a true 90 and sometimes has gravel, so I have to brake to safely make it. Figuring that move would result in an F350 suppository, I moved into the oncoming lane and he buzzes me while screaming into his window. This all transpires in like a 10-second window.
Well, as he passes me I motion that I want him to come back (My usual would be to signal that he's #1, but, heh, I'm trying to turn a new leaf!). I slow into the intersection and paused. He’s pulling a trailer with a few round rolls of hay and stopped about 100 yards past me.
So, I mosey over while this 50 year-old farmer bolts out of his cab and starts toward me in a huff. As I approach, I say, "Hey, no need to get all riled up. I just want to talk."
He's beside this trailer and I'm maybe 10 feet up the road from him.
Him: Mumbles something unintelligible
Me: “Sir, I was just trying to make a left turn.”
Him: “You seen me comin’. You shoudda pulled off the road!”
Me: “Sir, neither of us own this road. We share this road. You could have just slowed down just a little.”
Now here’s the bizarre part. He mumbled something unintelligible and threw a temper tantrum! He turned and proceeded to pummel his hay bales in three series or hard lefts and rights. He then stormed back to his cab while mumbling more unintelligible “words”. As he steped in he yelled, “Dumb ass cyclist shouldn’t be on the road!”, slamed the door and drove off.
I’ve thought about it quite a bit. I’m pretty sure that not only did he not lift, when he saw me move left and signal he actually accelerated in order to bully me. There just was no reason he had to be moving that fast or accelerating.
Too bad he stormed off. I would have explained to him that I try to be courteous and if I thought we would have reached that intersection near the same time, I would have slowed to let him make a safe pass. And that I either made an error in my estimation or he failed to properly yield, or both.
Further I would have told him that I did nothing illegal, but he probably broke a couple laws, AND he could have killed me.