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Old 01-26-17, 05:52 PM   #1
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Automobile Drivers Asking Directions

This has happened many times and it is hilarious. I once had a driver pull along beside and tell me he would tell me how fast I was going in exchange for directions. I smiled and told him I was going 11 miles an hour, but the road he was looking for was the next right about 1/2 mile.

Another one just pulled up beside and shouted, "where is Mouldon Hollow Road". I just shouted next left.

The funniest ones are when we are traveling in opposite directions and I see them slow down and stick out their arms. Today that occurred as I was going down one of my favorite hills. Needless to say, I did not stop.
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Old 01-26-17, 05:58 PM   #2
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That is weird. When drivers pull over to talk to us in my neck of the woods, they either threaten to kick my ass or tell me to "get off the road ******"

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Old 01-26-17, 06:03 PM   #3
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Happens to me probably once a month, usually in nearby Riverside. The streets there were laid out by a psychopath, so everybody gets lost. I guess drivers figure cyclists must know where they're going.
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That is weird. When drivers pull over to talk to us in my neck of the woods, they either threaten to kick my a** or tell me to "get off the road ******"
That always crosses my mind. I live in the sticks and the pickups enjoy blowing their exhausts all over me for having slowed them down.

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Old 01-26-17, 06:08 PM   #5
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During daylight savings time, I get a lot of comments riding local roads. One day I was with another ride when some hot chick in a nice car rolled up along the side of us and shouted, you guys are doing good!".

It's a 4% grade right out my front door so local rides are always a climb. I read plenty about others getting nasty comments form drivers etc but doesn't happen to me. One day I was riding up the road when a dude at a park walked out to the curb as I rolled by. He looked a bit shady so I was expecting something negative. He said as I rolled by, "dude, you're moving pretty good, I was way down there when I passed you in my van and you're already here!".

Never had anyone ask me for directions though. Never ha anyone shout obscenities at me either. Guess I'm lucky that way!
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I ride mostly rural roads and the vast majority of the drivers are local. But I get asked for directions maybe once a year or so.

When drivers holler out their window in passing, I can never hear what they're saying so I just assume it's a friendly greeting and I smile and wave.

Had a couple of occasions where drivers stopped to warn me of a bear (didn't see him) or a large snake (glad to have had that warning) ahead.
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I had a lady ask me at a stop light where a particular place was. Without thinking much about it I said "Follow me, I will show you". And she did!

The humour of the thing hit me later.
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It's funny, the first time that has ever happened to me after 53 years of riding bicycles was early this year when I lived in Arizona. A vacationer asked how to get to the Salt River Fields for the pres-season baseball game they were looking for.

It just struck me as odd they asked a cyclist riding his bike. I told them how to get there the back way and avoid traffic.
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I haven't had anyone ask me for directions yet, nor have I been cussed out by a motorist, but on my last group ride we stopped at a convenience store and a couple people leaving said, "Have a nice ride!" before getting into their car.
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I've had it happen, too. I think the assumption on their part is that since you're on a bike you must live nearby. I had a driver ask me for directions to a business and I had to tell her I didn't know -- I was 50 miles from home.
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I once had the opposite. We were visiting my MIL in Orange Co and I had gone out for a ride along the coast. On the way back I was at a light in Newport and asked a lady in a convertible if this was the way back to Irvine.

"Irvine?!?! That must be TEN MILES from here! Do you need a ride?"

Uh no thanks, just directions.
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why can't we humans just be nice? if someone is asking for directions just be nice and give it to them if you know, if you don't know be courteous and tell them you don't know and apologize
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Along the sides of the Pacific Electric Trail, there are little rest stops with picnic tables and water fountains scattered along it's length. One morning, a 20-something girl was sitting atop one of those tables smoking a cigarette, and said to me as I passed, "I like your beard."

I truly did not know how to respond, so I just nodded.
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This always seems to happen to me when I'm on a lengthy randonnee in an area I'm not familiar with.

On one occasion, I had a car pull up beside me and drive my speed for a while ... which is rather disconcerting ... then the person rolled down the window and yelled out, "Where's ____?" (a street name I'd never heard of). I said, "Sorry, not from here, don't know." And the person drove up and half cut me off and asked the question again. I repeated ... "I'm sorry. I am not from this area. I do not know." I got a blank stare, then a bit of swearing at me for being so rude because I wouldn't supply the answer. And then she drove off.

On another occasion, I was standing at a roundabout looking at a map and trying to figure out which way to go when a man in a nice sports car pulled up and asked me the way to another town. I apologised that I didn't know, and he started to laugh ... my accent gave me away that time, and the fact that I was holding a map. We ended up spreading it out on the bonnet of his car and both figured out where we needed to go.
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Along the sides of the Pacific Electric Trail, there are little rest stops with picnic tables and water fountains scattered along it's length. One morning, a 20-something girl was sitting atop one of those tables smoking a cigarette, and said to me as I passed, "I like your beard."

I truly did not know how to respond, so I just nodded.
The perfect response would've been "I like your's too."

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why can't we humans just be nice? if someone is asking for directions just be nice and give it to them if you know, if you don't know be courteous and tell them you don't know and apologize
Yes, and everyone here appears to be doing just as you suggest.
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I've had it happen, too. I think the assumption on their part is that since you're on a bike you must live nearby. I had a driver ask me for directions to a business and I had to tell her I didn't know -- I was 50 miles from home.
Yes, you may be spot on. I've always assumed it was more convenient for them to ask a cyclist since we are not enclosed and are going slowly sort of like a pedestrian.

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why can't we humans just be nice? if someone is asking for directions just be nice and give it to them if you know, if you don't know be courteous and tell them you don't know and apologize
+1.

Don't see how motorists asking for directions is in any way funny. If one is lost it isn't somehow a shame because they are in a car as opposed to riding a bike. I have had to ask for directions while driving, cycling and walking. I have been asked for directions my motorists while driving, cycling and walking. I always try to be helpful, even when I have been asked for directions in an area that is not familiar to me. That's happened to me several times while touring. The last time it happened I was riding near Snow Shoe, PA. A woman pulled up with who her elderly mother who she was taking to another relative's for a surprise birthday party. I stopped and talked to the driver, even pulling out the limited map I had to try to find the town they were looking for.

This thread smells of snobbery.
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+1.

Don't see how motorists asking for directions is in any way funny. If one is lost it isn't somehow a shame because they are in a car as opposed to riding a bike. I have had to ask for directions while driving, cycling and walking. I have been asked for directions my motorists while driving, cycling and walking. I always try to be helpful, even when I have been asked for directions in an area that is not familiar to me. That's happened to me several times while touring. The last time it happened I was riding near Snow Shoe, PA. A woman pulled up with who her elderly mother who she was taking to another relative's for a surprise birthday party. I stopped and talked to the driver, even pulling out the limited map I had to try to find the town they were looking for.

This thread smells of snobbery.
This post smells of sanctimony.
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+1.

Don't see how motorists asking for directions is in any way funny. If one is lost it isn't somehow a shame because they are in a car as opposed to riding a bike. I have had to ask for directions while driving, cycling and walking. I have been asked for directions my motorists while driving, cycling and walking. I always try to be helpful, even when I have been asked for directions in an area that is not familiar to me. That's happened to me several times while touring. The last time it happened I was riding near Snow Shoe, PA. A woman pulled up with who her elderly mother who she was taking to another relative's for a surprise birthday party. I stopped and talked to the driver, even pulling out the limited map I had to try to find the town they were looking for.

This thread smells of snobbery.
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This post smells of sanctimony.
Saying I sound holier than thou because I don't find it funny when motorists are lost and ask me for direction makes my point nicely. Thanks!
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Don't see how motorists asking for directions is in any way funny. If one is lost it isn't somehow a shame because they are in a car as opposed to riding a bike.
If I need directions, and it's happened before, rather than approach a total stranger on the street, I'd find a gas station or party store. That might mean buying a pop or a candy bar.
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Needless to say, I did not stop.


It isn't hard to offer a lending hand to a stranger in need.

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If I need directions, and it's happened before, rather than approach a total stranger on the street, I'd find a gas station or party store. That might mean buying a pop or a candy bar.
Not always convenient. In my story, we were in an area that was probably a good ways from any commercial establishment.

I was touring in Montana last year and thought I got turned around some dirt backroad. I flagged down the one vehicle I saw the entire time back there and asked if I was heading in the right direction. The nearest town was probably a good 8 miles away.
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It isn't hard to offer a lending hand to a stranger in need.
Well don't you sound sanctimonious?

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