Anyone who lives in or around Seattle is well aware that they're doing work on I-5 for the next couple of weeks that is causing traffic to be rerouted off the freeway and onto surface streets. One of the surface streets they suggest as an alternate route is Airport Way S., which just happens to be part of the route I take in every day. The construction started on Monday and is expected to last until the 29th.
Airport Way S. is a fairly wide 4-lane street that's usually pretty lightly traveled. It's through an industrial area that has lots of heavy vehicle (as in semi truck) traffic, so the road surface itself is a little bad in places, but overall, considering the usually light traffic it's a good, safe ride. Riding during the construction hasn't been a real problem yet, but it is getting worse as more people bail other routes onto Airport.
Anyway, coming in this morning I noticed some new signs on the road. They may have been there earlier in the week and I just missed them, but I don't think so. They've got the little orange flags on them and everything, just like they're brand new. These signs say:
I had to double take that. Minimum weight 10,000 pounds?? In the right lane? Where I was riding?? The following thoughts went through my head, in the following order:
- I know I'm a little heavy, but I don't think I weigh 10,000 pounds. Does this mean I can't ride in the right lane now?
- Where am I going to get something to carry that weighs 10,000 pounds?
- Even if I found something that weighed 10,000 pounds, how the heck am I going to pull it?
- OMG! Everything within killing distance of me is going to weigh at least 10,000 pounds!!
- I wonder if there will be enough of me left to scrape off the ground
Maybe I shouldn't let my mind wander like that when I'm riding. It can be downright scary!