An Almost Beautiful Day on GMR
A beautiful day on GMR! One of the nicest ever IMO. Not hot, sunny but a cool breeze made for some nice climbing. Gina did much better this week than last week and I was happy I didn't get my face chewed up by the bees again ha ha! At the start of the ride I saw Jason of BicycleFriends.com (blog) roll by with a shout out. Another dude, I believe from Adobo Velo rolled by and said "hey, you're the dude with the GoPro". I guess he recognized me from last week. But today wow, what a nice day and not very many riders on the road. But once again, the riders that were there all had something encouraging to shout as usual.
We ran into Lesper4 at the shack. He was on another one of his long climbing rides. Had a brief chat and rundown of his recent rides then off we went. Didn't spend much time hanging out as we had plans to meet the family for lunch. On the way down was nice and easy and NO BEES!
I have to say I am pretty disappointed with the behavior of a couple of vehicles up there. On the way up we saw some MTB dude getting off the dirt trail in a switchback about 2 mile up (?). He had what seemed to be his mother and father with him. as we rolled by I shouted hello to his Pops. All as cool till Gina and I were another couple miles up. I hear a truck coming form behind and next thing I know this orange truck is buzzing me. I look ahead as Gina is about 40 yards ahead and yeah, this asshat buzzes her too! We stop at he flat section at the 4 mile point and she asks, "did you see that guy buzz me?". Yeah, what a dumbass! Of course the point where he buzzed us was on the straight section and the dude had plenty of room to inch over a foot or two, maybe three! OK, so we are stopped on the side of the road taking a breather when another truck rolls by, well flies by! A big 4X4 grey truck. We're standing on the white line and he has both lanes and a clear view to pass safely. So he revs up his engine and steps on the gas. He's heading directly toward us as if he wants to play chicken. I just glared into his windshield even though I could not clearly see the driver. If you want to "F" around and hit me, you better freakin' kill me!
So the ass hat redirects his truck as he gets closer. Yeah, that's what I thought! So anyway, this ass hat also has a couple of MTB bikes in the back of his truck too. I don't understand this. Very few drivers today and only a handful of crotch rockets. Honestly I never have problems with them but often read about other that do. So other riders are worried about getting killed by drivers but the only ass hats I have to worry about are carrying bikes in the back of their trucks, amazing!
So at the end of our ride I see the guy in the grey truck pull up. As we're loading bikes up, he's looking over our direction. Not sure if he's looking at me or looking for his descending riders to arrive. I look at the guy and he's an older mature "looking" guy. I can't say that he's mature the way this ass hat was driving. I'm tempted to go tell the guy what an ass hat he is but Gina says don't bother. Yeah you are right.
But alter as I get home and watch the video, I remember last weekend on GMR, I saw the same truck hauling ass up the mountain with bikes in the back. Big 4X4 tires screeching around the turns. I remember thinking this idiot is going to flip his truck. I thought it was a young stupid guy driving but today I realized and old stupid guy driving.
Man, I sure hope these ass hats realize what kind of dipsticks they are before they end up killing a few riders on GMR, pretty sad, riders killed by other riders who should have some kind of idea!
Anyway, I posted pictures of the trucks. If you see them, GTF outta the way, your life may depend on it!
Gina heading up the road
A little sweaty rest at Newman's point
Lesper4 on a long ride
The orange truck. I couldn't make out the driver
so I don't know if it was the old man or the young dude.
The grey truck with the supposedly mature dude driving