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Old 02-28-12, 08:33 PM   #1
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First commute after six weeks of travel, and guess what....

First day back on the bike since about January 10 - been earning waaaay too many frequent flyer miles. New addition to the wardrobe is a bright (BRIGHT!!) yellow Showers Pass jacket. And I got to ride to work in the daylight - haven't done that since November.

Since I was riding in the daylight, I had the headlight on and the helmet on flash, both nice, bright Magic Shines.

And the school bus STILL cut me off making a left turn! GRRRRRRR!

Five minutes later, ANOTHER bus tried to get me in an intersection - I did a STOP with a foot actually on the ground, and started again before she closed her bus door and the kids were seated, and this idiot STILL started and had to slam on brakes!

Yikes!

But, in the end, not really unusual. I find that next to the big power company trucks, school buses are consistently the worst at giving any slack to me on my bicycle.

But, I made it home to type this, so I suppose it wasn't that bad. But, DANG!
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Old 02-28-12, 10:13 PM   #2
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I thought for sure you were going to say you got a flat as soon as you left the house.
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First day back on the bike since about January 10 - been earning waaaay too many frequent flyer miles. New addition to the wardrobe is a bright (BRIGHT!!) yellow Showers Pass jacket. And I got to ride to work in the daylight - haven't done that since November.

Since I was riding in the daylight, I had the headlight on and the helmet on flash, both nice, bright Magic Shines.

And the school bus STILL cut me off making a left turn! GRRRRRRR!

Five minutes later, ANOTHER bus tried to get me in an intersection - I did a STOP with a foot actually on the ground, and started again before she closed her bus door and the kids were seated, and this idiot STILL started and had to slam on brakes!

Yikes!

But, in the end, not really unusual. I find that next to the big power company trucks, school buses are consistently the worst at giving any slack to me on my bicycle.

But, I made it home to type this, so I suppose it wasn't that bad. But, DANG!
Welcome to the world of urban commuting!

This type of thing happens all the time in many of our urban centers. I usually get routinely cut off by many drivers. This goes for taxi cabs, busses, pizza deliveries, moms on their way to day-care, dads on their way to work, grandpa on his way to the doctor's office, and fiends on their way to Starbucks.

I find that most humans have a rude streak. Sometimes, when given ample opportunity, they'll show it!

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Old 02-29-12, 10:43 AM   #4
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The driver of the school bus that I meet sometimes always waves at me. This is usually as I am slogging up some long hill.

I thought you were going to say you had to ride in the snow! I had 2" this morning. I drove my pickup.
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Old 02-29-12, 11:27 AM   #5
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.....and your rear end is sore?

6 weeks off is just enough time for my ass to lose what I call it's bike seat "callous". It comes back quick after a couple if tender days.
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Yup, a bit tender. But the weather was horrid today, and will be tomorrow, so I get to recover till Friday. Wind, rain, AND snow - not my mix for a commute....

And somehow the hill we live on got steeper.....

And the scales in the bathroom seem to be out of kilter.....

Six weeks too long!
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