triman (triman) wrote,

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I met Mr Angry this morning - Good ride!

I met Mr Angry this morning, and he was driving a sheriffs car. I was right out south of Austin, making my way out to the Old San Antonio road. As I approached a main rd, I slowed, slowed as there was a long line of traffic, I slowed again, stood up, balanced the bike just before the STOP line, balanced and could see clear space, went.

About 3-minutes later, without sirens, a cop pulled alongside me. He said to pull into the next drive, which I did. I dismounted completely, he stopped behind me and walked up. He was a BIG guy, old school m-frame oakleys, I'd guess mid-50's, but looking older. He asked me if I had a reason to jump the stop sign?

I was bit a surprised but didn't argue, said yes sir, no sir and was as polite as I could be. I knew I was on a loser when he said that a stop for a bike meant putting at least one foot down. The irony of being stopped by a draftbuster in an old school triathlon wasn't lost on me. He told me that cyclists are too quick to complain and bleat when someone gets hit, but we need to obey the rules too. I guess I couldn't disagree.

After he explained it was a $200 fine, or my life if I was hit by a 5000lb vehicle, he told me if he saw me do it again, next time he wouldn't let me off. It's a difficult enough stop sign and main road to left onto, having to wait for a big enough gap that you can start, clip-in and go. I guess it's time for a change of route.

The ride turned out to be some 44-miles. Since it was such a fantastic day, I took big red, wore just a cycling jersey and shorts(RLX) and no socks. As I blasted through Buda with 26-miles on the clock, there were 3-reasonable cyclists going the other way. I figured I'd keep going for another 10-minutes and then turn back and chase them back to Austin.

I caught the first of the 3 just as we approached Stassney, and the other two just across the other side of the lights, it was a bit of a cheat though, since they'd obviously slowed right down to wait for the other guy. Still, great ride, have not uploaded the Garmin data yet, but to be confirmed, as whyiron would say:

Geekmeter stats: 44-miles, Avergae MPH 18.6 followed by a decent 2-mile brick run. Looking good so far for Lone Star.
Tags: cops, cycling, training
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