In "44 Said Pass," I experienced 44 safe passes (all illegal) in double yellow zones. I didn't tell y'all about the 45th pass - and it was one that would have fit right in with the video in the March 20 post, at least in my mind.
I was getting fascinated by the illegal pass totals, but otherwise minding my own business, when I suddenly got the dimbulb notion to try a gutter bunny lane position with the double yellow. Within half a minute, WHOOSH - right off the port bow - a passing SUV did NOT cross the double yellow at all. My tolerance for close passes has dropped dramatically in the last couple of years, and I doubt a watching cop would have even frowned, but it startled me. Had I jinked left momentarily to avoid a pothole, it could have been REAL ugly.
Lesson 1, if you're gonna do stupid stuff and get yourself killed, ditch the headphones, wear your helmet, and make sure you have clean underwear on so you don't embarrass your mom.
Lesson 2, motorists may be pretty decent around North Texas, but they can still be scary if given the wrong impression. Duh.
Lesson 3, if I'd gotten smooshed, none of you would have gotten the data on motorists, cyclists, and double yellow lines. I guess I need to live a little longer, call it a sacrifice for science's sake...