After a yoga class on Sunday I was feeling ambitious and decided to ride up OLH to W LH, 84, W Alpine, Page Mill, which is about a 57 mile loop from my home.
I've done this ride about a dozen times so far this year and I really like it since 84 was repaved which makes it a much safer and pleasurable ride that it was a few years ago.
Anyway, I left late--about 4pm--and while descending 84 I noticed a couple of cars behind me back a ways. I think I'd been lucky most of the year as encountering traffic on this stretch has been uncommon. My riding philosophy is in these situations is to try to acknowlege and accomodate cars but my safety comes first and if that means someone has to wait a little bit--then they just have to wait. I was near the fastest part of the descent--where is normally top out about 40-42 mph but on Sunday there must have been a bit of a headwind as I was proceeding about 36-38 mph. I was about three feet from the fog line and holding steady. My hope was the trailing vehicles would wait until I got past the turns in the shadows where I could reduce my speed and allow them to safely pass (about a mile and a half from La Honda).
Well the first vehicle, a Honda, wasn't waiting and slowly passed me about 3/4 mile from the turns. Ok, I wish he'd been more patient but I was at least given adequate clearance. The next vehicle, a older Japanese type pickup with a camper shell, pulled along side me and I could hear the window being lowered. I was then subjected to about a seven second torrent of "INDECIPHERABLE, INDECIPHERABLE, INDECIPHERABLE, S***HEAD!" and then a pause while the driver must have been considering whether my offense merited killing me before he finally proceeeded on. I really think this sort of thing is a really "Chickens***" stunt to pull on anyone and since I had no idea whether the guy was waiting to see if I somehow got "lippy" with him so he could run me off the road at 38 mph with a clear conscience.
I don't have a camera mounting on my already crowded handlebar and because gettting yelled out is a pretty rare experience for me, I hadn't really considered it before but this certainly gets me thinking more about it.