Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Southwest Desert
Bikes: 2013 Giant Escape 2
Strange Night Ride Tonight
The nights in El Paso during Spring and Summer are amazing - always warm, a little breeze, just absolutely ideal for night riding. It's one of the most attractive aspects of my city. So tonight I fired up the Black Knight just for a spin around the neighborhood, and wanted to go by a local park and sit on a park bench for a while.
I rode up to a stop sign, and looked down the opposing street and saw a car coming. So, I stopped, put my foot down and waited for him/her to pass before I went through. The driver pulled up to the intersection and stopped - even thought they were on a 45mph 4-lane street - and waved me through. At first I didn't want to go, because what if this was a freak that hated cyclists and was baiting me into the intersection! So I paused - they waved me through again - and finally I went. As I passed through their headlight field I waved "thanks" and rode on.
Then, about 45 minutes later, at a different intersection along the same street (on my way back home) the same exact thing happened again! A car had the complete right-of-way, and I stopped at a stop sign waiting for them to pass, and they stopped and waved me through, when they had no stop sign themselves.
This? Twice in one night? Strange. Usually people are ambivalent towards me or irritated at me when I ride, but in my 40+ years as a cyclist this has never happened. And twice in one ride.