CHEATING DEATH DEATH MARCH
Well, now. That was a pretty eventful ride. I’ve called it the Cheating Death Death March because that’s pretty much what happened.
A totally swell driver came around the corner on Jamison Creek Road* on the wrong side of the road (he was coming up - there is a yellow line down the center, so…there’s that). I was flying down a straight bit before the corner. I had a clear thought: This is it. This is my death moment. This is where it happens. This is where I die. In the windshield of this idiots giant white SUV.
But I made an effort not to die. The rear wheel locked up briefly and I felt the back slide out a bit, filling the air with the smell of burnt rubber. For once, I didn’t panic and was able to correct it, regain control, and get my ass over to as far inside the corner as I could. He moved over to his correct side of the road. Sort of. Honestly, he could have moved further over still. I barely made it by. Seriously. I was waiting for the inevitable clip of the side mirror on me. The whole time, my face remained set in what I imagine was a look of serious concentration. Spent the rest of the descent marveling at how close that was to a major disaster.
Thing is, I bet you, I BET YOU, that guy is all like ‘frickin’ cyclist’ blah blah blah. He was in the wrong. You couldn’t be more in the wrong than he was. The center of the road is clearly marked.
Tough day on the bike though. My legs just weren’t there, and Bonny Doon was just horrible. And that was the first climb of the day. It’s not that my legs hurt, they just felt empty and my bones ached. Stupid knees mostly, and hips too. Achy. Decided I’d just gut it out, even though I could have pulled the pin and head home at several places. Legs finally got on the same page after all the significant climbs were done. Typical.
Still. Nice ride. Apart from the near death thing. Didn’t take a lot of photos. Saw a Go Levi up on Empire Grade, and the day was pretty nice for riding. Got a lot of PRs today. Must be the beauty of Peanut Butter’s 11/25 cassette vs Precious’ “I will make you lazy” gears.
*If you watched Stage 2 of ToC this year, they came down it.
SIDE NOTE: Which I mentioned on Twitter and people seem to like. I have an idea for a Sagan sprint victory display. It’s the Three Amigos salute. I would PAY to see a cyclist do that as a victory salute as they cross the finish, and I know Sagan would totally rock it on a bike.