Last night out for a little jaunt using the shoulder of a fairly busy suburban road. This is hilly and has lots of driveways and cross streets. Not many traffic lights.
It is common for drivers approaching the road to stop and wait when they see me coming. In fact, if they are turning from the main road onto a side road I often can see them gauging speed and distance to see if they can make a safe turn. All in all can not complain about 99.9% of the drivers. Of course there is the occasional rectal orifice. Such is life.
What is confusing is the driver who has the right of way at a traffic signal, whether it be a sign or a light, and waits for me. It is becoming more and more common for that to happen. I don't know whether the driver is being courteous or setting me up. Last night this was an epidemic. At just about every intersection even though the car had the right of way they waited for me.
Each time I made eye contact with the driver and mouthed a Thank You. Each time the driver nodded, smiled or gave a hand wave.
What is going on?