Is Today National Bike-Hugger Day?
Because with the way everyone was driving, it sure felt like it - they were all doing everything they could to get their steel boxes as close and as cosy to me as possible. Highlights included:
- Lady in the big black 4×4 overtaking me on the bend as we dropped down to Durham city centre. I was doing nearly 40, and her use of the horn served only to add insult to [near] injury.
- The taxi that came past me at Warp Factor Ten on the way out of Durham, about 6" clear of the handlebars. Fortunately there was enough snow in the air to muffle my screams of fear and threats of revenge on you, your family, and everyone you’ve ever driven anywhere
- The recovery truck that passed me twice on the way back past Durham. The first time, I thought it was my imagination that your mirror was just inches from my head. So thanks for passing me again to let me re-appraise the situation.
- The guy who objected to me taking the lane on the road through Langley Moor, as I decided against riding through a pothole that would have swallowed your car whole. I was particularly impressed by your shaking fist as you passed, and the unrestrained toddler you had in the car - the one that was standing on the passenger seat, leaning against the dashboard with one hand, and giving me the finger.
- The old couple on the roundabout next to The Angel , who couldn’t understand that when I was in the lane marked A167 / B1295, I am within my rights to continue round and take the B1295. Your use of the horn to alert me to your intention to overtake and then swerve across to take the A167 into Gateshead was very courteous, and will be remembered.
Despite all this, I think I quite enjoyed the ride!
- Type: Cycle
- Date: 02/21/2010
- Time: 13:53:05
- Total Time: 3:30:00.00
- Calories: 2556
- Distance: 55 miles
- Average Speed: 15.71 mph
- Ascent: 1,500 ft
- Descent: 1,500 ft