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Old 04-15-05, 01:08 PM   #1
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Excuse me, but do you know the way to....

Does this ever happen to you? At least a couple of times a year someone in a car tries to get me to stop to ask directions. It always seems to happen when I've got a good rhythm going or I'm climbing a hill. If they're going in the same lane, I usually point in vaguely the right way and if I'm not too out of breath, give them some basic directions. Once, a guy and his wife were going in the opposite lane and stopped and waved a map at me. When I didn't stop they turned around, caught up to me and told me I was rude for not stopping to help them. I proceeded to send them in the wrong direction. Is it because I'm on a bike and they think my time is not as important as someone in a car? Or do I just look helpful? I don't know, but it sure can be annoying.
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Old 04-15-05, 01:16 PM   #2
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No, but if you hum a few bars ...!

East. Always tell them to go East. I see you're in Ohio. You must be getting all of the lost drivers I've sent your way.
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When I didn't stop they turned around, caught up to me and told me I was rude for not stopping to help them. I proceeded to send them in the wrong direction.
excellent!

This has only happened to me once and the person asking looked like she could a fashion model from Europe, so I was extremely helpful. I would've given her directions to my bedroom, but her European looking bodyguard/boyfriend scared the cytomax out of me.
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Happens to me a quite a bit, too. I guess people feel if you're on a bike you must know the area well. It's a little annoying when it happens, but I try not to let it bother me too much.
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Do you know the way to San Jose?
I've been away so long. I may go wrong and lose my way.
Do you know the way to San Jose?
I'm going back to find some peace of mind in San Jose.

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bikejunkie,
for me, it is usually, do you know where the butchart gardens are?

it's usually me pointing to the nearest sign, unless they're obnoxious - then it's 'no, I'm a tourist too'.

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Pretend you don't speak the language. It's helpful if you're wearing your Europoseur kit at the time.
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Old 04-15-05, 03:30 PM   #8
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Hopefully for you, no-one will think the way you do when it's you who's lost. It feels good to be nice and helpful, try it.
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This has happened to me a few times. I can think of 2 reasons:

1. As mentioned, they figure you know the area well.
2. You look more human on a bike than in a car, so you're more approachable.

I don't really mind it. I'd rather have someone stop and ask me for help than drive by and flip me off.
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crazy... this happened to me thirty minutes ago... weird.

It was, "is this Duke's East Campus?" - with a huge sign saying so, just 10 yards behind me.
Easy enough - I just nodded, pointed to the sign, and kept on riding...
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Old 04-15-05, 03:44 PM   #11
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Hopefully for you, no-one will think the way you do when it's you who's lost. It feels good to be nice and helpful, try it.
It's not so much that I mind giving directions as that they expect me to stop. Besides, I'm a guy. I don't ask for directions (just ask my wife).
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I had someone ask me just past the turnaround at the last 400k brevet. All I could say was you don't want to ask me, I live up in Phoenix like you probably do. What I should have said is I would show them if they would let me draft their car (there was a serious headwind) until the next turn.
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It is related to the bike. We get several people each day looking to get someplace. Four today.
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I think it really deals with being able to catch us. The only times I've been asked for directions is when in pedestrian mode, on the bike, or when parked in my taxi. except for the five years when I drove a taxi I was asked more often for directions as a pedestrian.
With in the realatively short time I drove a cab I was asked for directions more often.

My guess is the criteria is to find an expert and failing that find someone easy to catch like a pedestrian or cyclist.
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It's not so much that I mind giving directions as that they expect me to stop.
So? What's so important about your time? A couple times a year? People asking directions make you lose 1 minute per year? And then you take the time to whine about it on a forum? Oh, sorry, you lost your rythm as well.
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So? What's so important about your time? A couple times a year? People asking directions make you lose 1 minute per year? And then you take the time to whine about it on a forum? Oh, sorry, you lost your rythm as well.
uhh, are you whining about his whining? wheeee rolleyes rolleyes rolleyes rolleyes rolleyes rolleyes rolleyes rolleyes rolleyes rolleyes rolleyes rolleyes
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Rolleyes indeed. I'd expect a bit more maturity from a 47 yo.
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So? What's so important about your time? A couple times a year? People asking directions make you lose 1 minute per year? And then you take the time to whine about it on a forum? Oh, sorry, you lost your rythm as well.
Dude,lighten up. It was not that serious a post. It was more a general observation and a question as to how often it happens to other cyclists.
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Pretend you don't speak the language. It's helpful if you're wearing your Europoseur kit at the time.
Hmm I easily can pull this of, since I speak two languages.
Anyway I don't particularly like when people ask me for directions. Mainly because most of the times I don't have a slightest clue about the surounding area. I know where I'm in relation to where I started, but if anyone asks me "Yeah how do I get to 'insert place here'". My usuall reply is, I don't know.
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*LOL* europoseur *LOL*
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I always help if I can, but sometimes I'm in an aera where I know only my route, period.

It's interesting to see the puzzled look on their faces when I say, "sorry but I don't know these roads...I'm 30 miles from home".
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tell them you are in a race across america and just know to go east. Kind of like what the guy above said.
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I get people asking for directions all the time, but here's the problem- I can only give them a bike friendly route, since I can't get on the highways and stuff. So when I give information to them, then they start asking stuff like "well, where's the Kennedy in relation to that? Wouldn't it be easier to take the Kennedy?", or where's such-and-such interstate. Honestly, I don't know where the Kennedy is. I've heard of it, but I don't know one freeway from another. I don't drive, I only bike. When I tell them I don't know the names of the freeways and interstates, they just look blankly at me, like I wasted their time. The last time that happened, I asked them why they would ask a cyclist the directions to a freeway if we can't take it. Makes no sense.

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This past weekend I had two oriental women in a SUV pull up next to me at 30km/h on a very rough stretch of road. Started pointing at a map from about a foot and a half away speaking in broken english. Scared me so much I had to stop and take a brake. They stop turn around and proceed to yell at me for not helping them out.
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I guess I look helpful, because I get asked for directions all the time. It even happens when I'm on vacation.

I try to be helpful, but invariably as soon as the person is out of sight I'll realize I left out a critical piece of information.
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