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Old 12-08-07, 07:48 PM
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Ghost Bike in Driping Springs

I was riding on Mt gainer Rd north from Wimberley and was startled by my first encounter with a "ghost bike" dam if it didn't put me out of sorts. I've just moved down here from NYC an thought I had become accustom to riding in Tx traffic and had found a few routes that are safe? This was on a back country road, chip seal you call them and I have come to believe they are safe. I wonder? I've dealt with loose cows, red ants, spiders, scorpions and bees but these yahoos in V8 pickups are just scary. What do you call them here "big hat no cattle. How can we get folks to share the road and not play games with our lives. I wonder who that rider was? Considering the piece in my latest bike mag on bike/car accidents I can only hope that some day it will change!
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My father-in-law lives in just outside of Wimberley. I know the spot you're talking about. I saw it a few weeks ago. If I remember correctly wasn't it sort of in an area like a blind spot up/down a hill? Most people on the Farm Roads are decent people. They have plenty of room to pass you but a road goes both ways. That means when I see someone coming in front or in back of me I get over to show them that I'm sharing the road with them. Also with the country if you just give them a simple wave 90% of the time they'll wave back. I’d much rather ride on farm roads with no shoulder and lower traffic than a road with a shoulder and higher traffic.
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That's the spot and I agree farm roads seem the safest, certainly the most comfortable. One day I decided to ride 150 to Driftwood and feeling strong continued on to Kyle on 976 (?) through Buda. Not half way into the ride I was considering a call to anyone to pick me up bike and all. Trucks of the rather large sort traveling in excess of the posted 60 mph passing me every 15 min. and it wasn't the ones coming from behind although they were scary, that sacred me the most it was when one traveling toward me in the center of their lane would NOT move right to allowing cars coming in the other direction room to pass. Not wanting to slow down the cars coming up from behind try to squeeze in-between and no mater how far I move right it seems like a dangerous position; going off the shoulder head first into a wire fence would not be fun. This is by far the most frequent hazard I find on rides on any road, and at that spot on Mt Gainer on an up/down hill turn if 2 cars are passing while a rider is in any way close the rider will loose. I have more than once waved to oncoming cars to move right to allow a car to pass me comfortably, unfortunately most don't seem to get the idea and if there nice just wave back, if not?
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Well lets see, you moved from NYC to Texas. Thanks for increasing the traffic in our state! You moved to Wimberly, home of rednecks, old people and tourists. And you wonder why the drivers suck down there. You ride by yourself, don't you think that makes you a sitting duck to be hit?
Hey I'm just f&^king with you!
Yes, riding in the country is usually MUCH safer than the city but the problem is where you are riding. I was not really off in my statement about who lives around you down in Wimberly. It has a high percentage of older folks and younger "rednecks" who are less than skilled as drivers let alone cautious. "get the hell off the road" is more likely to be heard than "be careful have a nice day".
If you can its much better to at least get a group together if you are going to ride, especially down there.
East of IH35 would be a better choice, but if you must ride down south I don't think you'll find too many roads that are bike friendly. Maybe HYW 32 "the Devils Backbone" but even that has some tuff spots.
Good luck, welcome to Texas.....................Yankee
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Are you sure you are not from Jersey?
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There are a few yahoos out there and I've been advised to get off the road in some very colorful ways most including a general questioning of my sexuality. I've decided that they see the spandex shorts and immediacy think "Girls at Hooters" get all hot, then they realize I'm a middle aged guy and homophobia sets in. Needing to save face with the rest of crew they yell out some barely intelligible tirade ending in "F U ***" But all in all the folks down here good people I wouldn't color the whole town and it is changing. Hopefully one day cycling awareness will increases and more folks will share the road.

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Jersey,? just the way you say it sounds like you know the place. No I lived in the Hudson Valley north of Westchester county. Nice place to ride, much like here with back roads and yahoos in big cars, but up there they in baseball caps sideways not cowboy hats.

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It's funny you mention the spandex triggering the girls at hooters thought. A buddy of mine and I both have the requisite UNIX geek ponytails, and very often get the truck that slows down next to us, only to speed off once they realize that we're guys. At least they pass us slowly.

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Hey if that's what it takes, a little bit of hair and some spandex to be safe! Hell go for it, maybe we should all dress in bike drag? LOL
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The ghost bike you saw was for Adam Raymond.... see link for more info https://www.bikemojo.com/speak/showthread.php?t=60800

That area is also where 2007's Lance Armstrong foundation Livestrong Challenge was held and my understanding is that it will be there again this year. Here was the route: https://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path...Austin-90-mile
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