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Old 09-03-01, 04:20 PM   #1
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Why stop?

Yesterday I rode my wedgie (84 miles) and at every rest stop there was really no comfortable, or clean, place to sit. Today I rode the 'bent and never wanted to get off (rode 70 miles). As a matter a fact when I finally stopped at a gas station to get a cold drink I drank it sitting on the bike.
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Old 09-03-01, 06:42 PM   #2
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Pat,

It sounds like a cool ride.

I have been thinking, if I had been on a recumbent when I had my recent crash, my butt would have gotten scraped instead of my face. In fact, I may not have fallen at all.

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If your butt had taken the scraping would you still have posted a pic? Either kind of bike, we take our chances out in traffic. I am always looking for possible danger. That's why I won't wear sunglasses ( I wear a clear lens M frame from Oakley) because I want to see the road, every little rock and crack. Did the guy who clotheslined you give you any kind of warning, even just the way he looked, like maybe he was a thug or punk?
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(Well, I don't think pictures would have been appropriate. But at least I can still ride with a sore face!)

I had one warning only: these pedestrians walking against traffic initially seemed to be unwilling to give right of way to me. Not that I forced the issue; I am always as genteel as possible to ped's. But since I had nowhere else to go, they were forced to move. I had slowed, but after they moved, I resumed some speed.

I heard later from the policewoman who took eyewitness accounts that two ped's actually stuck their arms out, but one withdrew it. When I went down, one of the group seemed to be stunned by what had happened. But in the policewoman's words, "The perpetrator had one more chance to redeem himself by stopping to help, which he did not do."

I have learned never to block such a move with a free arm. It causes immediate loss of control.

He is in worse shape than me. I won't keep this grudge inside me.
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