Unfortunately, a pretty normal occurrence in my commutes to work on I-295 in central NJ. With experience, one starts to learn that many drivers "telegraph" these lane changes. It's very subtle, but something in the way they're positioning and operating their vehicle tips me off that they're about to change lanes. By the way, (apologies if you already know this), the area alongside another car on a freeway is called the "kill zone" for motorcycles. Minimize the amount of time you spend there. If you're going to pass another vehicle, do it quickly. If another vehicle positions themselves alongside you, speed up or slow down to take yourself out of that zone.Hanson wrote:I was out for a bit of a ride this morning and on the way home I had a small SUV change lanes on top of me from the right. I was in his blind spot, but I simply moved to the left a bit, taped the horn, and he truncated his lane change and went back to his own lane. This is the first time this has happened to me in traffic, and I am sure it will not be the last. I knew that I had space to my left and I used it. I think it important to always think about where you can go, and I don't like it at all when I am in those situations where there are few good options is someone is not paying attention and just changes lanes without looking to see if there is space to do so.
Bad luck, mate. I hate the soreness that goes with bronchitis. One of the downsides to getting addicted to bikes, I've found, is the withdrawal symptoms, which can strike even when you're feeling rough.Hanson wrote:Day 140 : Friday September 26, 2014 : Miles 11337
Not one mile in 5 days. I have been home sick with bronchitis and I have been coughing up such a volume of gunk that my ribs hurt. I miss bike even if only for riding back and forth to work.
Hi Richard,sv-wolf wrote:Hi Richard
LOL. That brings on memories. I helped out with the Woodcraft Folk here in the UK for a couple of years, taking kids on camping trips and that sort of thing. Teenagers? You kinda need a dozen pairs of eyes, sharp wits and boundless energy, I seem to remember, along with inexhaustible reserves of patience. Do you have the Woodcraft Folk in the States? It is a mixed gender, easy-going version of the scouts. It doesn't have any of the quasi-militaristic or hierarchical stuff that the scouts used to have (not sure what they are like now) and focuses on giving the kids a good time in outdoor settings. It was good fun. Not sure I'd want to do it now!
I have a couple of Osprey rucksacks. I love them. Actually, I find them essential. I badly tore the rotator cuff muscles in my shoulders in my twenties carrying packs too heavy for me. (I'm tall and skinny, too) For years after that it was too painful to carry a full pack, and then a friend put me on to Osprey. They are so light and so ergonomically designed that they genuinely do allow me to carry all the weight on my hips and allow me to go hiking again.