“For a moment he felt good about this. A moment or two later he felt bad about feeling good about it. Then he felt good about feeling bad about feeling […]
Now, some would say I took the easy way out and they would be right, but they also most likely did not bike 50 miles on Sunday to top off a 210+ mile week.
When a person in a green station wagon with rust spots marring the wheel, undercarriage, and bumper whooshes past you and decides to honk as they pass, what message are they trying to convey? If you are biking, straddling the white line because the road has no shoulder, following the rules of traffic, what is the desired end result of a long drawn out honk? It cannot be to let the rider know that the person is about to pass because they 1. Honk when the passing has already started. 2. The biker knows you are passing because they can hear you and they are on a road where cars exist so even if they didn’t hear you coming, they could probably assume without too much preamble that a car may be passing them at some point. It does not seem likely they are honking to get the rider to move over because the rider has nowhere to go.
Saturday’s ride marked the first time I have seen the sun on a long ride for what feels like a month and a half. I went the same way as last Sunday’s ride with a slight change to simultaneously increase the total distance and avoid any and all dirt roads. I read an article about how Europeans bike on cobblestone with some tips and tricks and another article highlighting one rider’s 3 minute and 49 second mile on cobblestone with a 20% incline. Not me, not ever. Articles like that are great to keep one in a constant state of remembering just how amateur they are at this biking thing. Moral of the story: I was very focused on not getting dirt roaded for 10 miles like last Sunday.