I've just come back from another tour, and this is something I've noticed on all my tours ....... my bicycle, and all my gear, seem to throw up a cloaking device around them so that people don't see them. They become invisible.
I usually notice it first in the airport when I'm walking through the airport with my bicycle in a very large box ....... and people walk right into it like they don't see it. I can just stand there, off to the side with my bicycle in a box, and someone will come along and walk into it.
Later, when I've put my bicycle together and I've got my panniers on so that my bicycle becomes a bit of a "wide load", if I'm pushing it along the sidewalk, again, people will walk right into my panniers. And then, the day before yesterday, I had stopped for a light, and a cyclist rode right into my panniers from the back!
I don't get it. It's very weird. You'd think that the large size of the box, and the wider size of the bicycle would make it more visible, but it's just the opposite.
Anyone else noticed the same thing?