Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Portland, Maine USA
Bikes: Trek 850 Antelope
I'll begin by saying that I don't take stupid lessons at railroad crossings, whether a train happens to be around or not.
One classic example I saw happened to be at the end point of a 183 mile trek. After crossing the finish line, hundreds of dead-tired bicyclists dismounted their bikes and went to seek refreshments and rest. Many cyclists left their bikes at the edge of a parking lot where an old railroad spur eventually led to a little-used pier by the sea. I brought my bicycle down into a field where everyone was eating and resting. Thinking that the rail line was disused and abandoned, many cyclists left theri bikes lying on the aging railroad tracks and walked away. The cyclists' reverie was suddenly broken by the sound of an approaching locomotive. The cyclists were able to save their bikes because the train was a slow-moving freight loaded down with cement. Otherwise, their bikes would have been turned into instant scrap metal. Stupid, stupid, stupid...
Last edited by powerhouse; 09-09-07 at 11:14 PM.