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Idiots should not be allowed to ride motorcyclesPosted Thursday, July 9, 2009, at 6:58 PM
I have driven mucho miles in my middle age. I have driven in several states, several large cities and have driven my share of podunk roads. I have run over snakes, hit birds, and played baseball with a rather large deer near rattlesnake hill on Highway 6 and 34.
However, last evening I had my driving sense rocked by an idiot on a motorcycle. Now before I get a bunch of bike supporters lambasting me, I don't have a thing against responsible riders. I have good friends and family with bikes that travel the byways. In fact, I do like bikes myself but never have had enough moolah to ever purchase one in my adult years.
Any whoo... last night, my family and I were on I-29 north of St. Joe, MO around 10:15 p.m. It was a rather lovely evening to be out driving. There was one detour when construction crews were working on an overpass but other than that, the weather was fine. The moon was out and traffic was moving along nicely.
Nothing unusual in that. I had pulled into the passing lane to go around a big rig. I had my cruise set at 70 mph and there was a traffic group coming up behind me. I was just in the big rig's blind spot when I noticed the lights behind me were coming on really, really, really fast.
There were headlights from a bigger vehicle coming and it looked initially like there were three headlights. I looked again and realized one light was coming up by the vehicle directly behind me.
And in a split second, I realized there was a bike going to pass directly BETWEEN me and the big rig.
In the absolute split second it took for the idiot to buzz past, I had visions of him/her becoming road kill under that truck and the cars behind the truck. I tensed up and it took me a good long time to even settle down after I got home. It also freaked out my passengers.
The rest of us - the trucker and the other vehicles directly behind us - had some divine help because the weather was in our favor and there wasn't too much wind.
The idiot (and trust me, I am being as nice because I have much, much harsher words in my brain) continued flying past and shot off the interstate at the next exit.
Thank goodness the road conditions were in everyone's favor. Seriously, what idiot passes between vehicles on an interstate highway at speeds far in excess of the posted limits and at night to boot?
The driver needs to have any drivers license revoked. The only thing that saved his/her behind from getting arrested was at that speed at night - there wasn't going to be anyway to identify the bike or rider. It is just a bit tough when something flies past at speed in which I am guessing were in excess of 85 or 90 mph. The biker was lucky the death wish he/she was after didn't come true.
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