Monday, September 19, 2005

tour de soybean

We're close enough to major civilization that the backroads have been "discovered" as a venue for bike training and races. Evenings and weekends the backroads are crawling with Armstrong wannabes.

I don't mind if people want to have a hobby but this endeavor, as I have alluded to before, is a tragedy waiting to happen. The speed limits on the roads are fairly high, since it is unpopulated and open, but many of the roads have blind turns and hills and dips..... and there is no shoulder. The racers ride in the narrow roadway and they outnumber deer, coyotes and stray livestock by hundreds to one.

I don't what the answer is, but I feel less than welcoming to someone who puts their life and others in danger.


poopie said...

Sounds pretty reckless...those curvy two lane roads scare me even in a car!

srp said...

Those country roads can sometimes be more dangerous than crowded city streets; no lights, no curbs, pavement hitting gravel at intervals. My cousins daughter recently had a wreck, flippin her car, on a road she drove daily for several years. Fortunately she had her seatbelt on and wasn't hurt badly. At least there was no other car involved and no bicyclists.