Friday, April 25, 2008

The Prozac Moment

Last night we grouped for the A+ ride out of Glen Allen. Life is good, pollen is extreme, and except for being unbelievably tired, it just doesn't get better...

Ride starts, everyone is being good, riding nicely in a pace line. About 4-5 miles out, on a narrow, unstripped road, a motorcyclist approaches... He zooms up as the lead guy on the pace line has just pulled off. So a single file line, with one rider drops off. So the motorcyclist starts SCREAMING "Single file!!!!! You are breaking the law!!!" There was some other stuff in there too, but just suffice it to say, it was a looney alert moment. Lead rider tells him to go home and re-read the law, that in Virginia, you can ride two abreast. So our mentally not stable friend zooms off again, about 60 mph...

Phew, one encounter down! Not! Next intersection he is there screaming again! No kidding! "That's a stop sign, you all have to stop!" (and more) I'm telling you, this is a white coats coming to get you kind of moment. This from a guy who came three abreast to yell at us, busted the speed limit by at least 20 mph, who was now blocking an intersection... was on his high horse about our behaviour? Which at that point was exemplary?

Ever have days like that? You know when half the cards fall out of your deck??? This stuff doesn't happen all that often on my rides. It sure made for some interesting conversation in the paceline. I wouldn't have been surprised if he had pulled a gun, and at the intersection many of the riders were pulling their own heat... cell phones.

So be careful out there, there are people out there who are having a really bad day who are just itching to share it with you!

2 comments:

hfang said...

Interesting that it was a motorcyclist giving you guys hell. Motorcyclists typically are on our side as they go through the same things with idiot car drivers.
This morning, I got a nice wave and shout by an Arlington police officer running radar. He shouted that I was doing 22 mph. I waved back acknowledging him. With so many police officers running speed traps and the automated speed cameras, I just love the fact that I don't have to worry about getting a ticket and I get to work in about the same time as driving in my car.

Ro said...

Adam told me about that crazy guy last night! He definitely sounded a few fries short of a happy meal!