I went on a ride with my brother today and we were honked at by a couple of drivers. I was just curious how common this form of (in my opinion) harassment is amongst Clydesdales.
We are both bigger gentlemen (about 250 pounds) and were riding our road bikes on a trail. This particular stretch of trail is a 20 mile long path that connects two towns (with one town in the middle). There are several miles of the trail that go parallel to a highway. The trail also leads to a sidewalk-like section of trail that goes through the final town.
On two different occasions, drivers honked near us. We didn't see any other traffic around so I just assume that they were aiming it at us. I realize that it's possible that it was directed toward something else or their motivation was not to harass us, but I tend to expect the worst out of people; even if it is undeserved.
It seemed to me that these particular drivers did not like seeing two bigger men riding bikes on their trails. We get harassed for being overweight and now, apparently, we are prone to harassment because we're trying to do something about it; you can't win if you try in this world.
This isn't the first time I've been honked at for no apparent reason. Is this just something that I'll have to deal with as a heavy rider? I'll probably get a lot of HTFU responses, which are deserved, but I'm also curious how common it is for bigger people to get harassed by drivers while they ride.
On an unrelated note, I finished the entire 40.5 mile round trip trail. It was a great accomplishment for me because it is the longest ride that I've done. It felt great and I'm looking forward to doing it again, and then some! I'm finally committed to shedding the pounds and keeping them off, all while enjoying my newly found hobby of cycling! This sub forum has been a great inspiration!