Friday, May 11, 2007
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Beware the Unseen Left-Turning Truck Crowder!
Critiquing my reaction, I should've squeezed the front brake progressively instead of employing the "holy sh*t!" grab technique. I'm also not sure of my lane positioning as I entered the intersection. Further right would've let me see the car a fraction of a second earlier, but it also would've left less room to make an avoidance left swerve behind the car. What did I do right? I slowed down, covered the brakes, didn't lock up either tire, and didn't panic (much) or fixate on the car. I think my comfort level with steepish lean angles and swerving (All that swerving between the dots and dashes on deserted roads? That wasn't playing; I was practicing!) was an advantage. Please feel free to weigh in with your thoughts or share your own close encounters -- I'm always trying learn from my and others' mistakes and near-misses.
Thursday, May 03, 2007
Updated info: First Sunday Ride-In, Ephrata, PA
I'm also experimenting with posting my route charts for others to use. Click here to view and print my "Ephrata Loop 1" route chart. (If you don't have a Google Docs & Spreadsheets account, please let me know if you have trouble accessing or printing the chart). This, and all my route charts, begin and end on the two major routes between my little corner of Delaware and Maryland and Pennsylvania -- DE/MD 273 and DE/PA 896. Feel free to copy my chart and edit, fold, spindle or mutilate it so it makes sense for your locale. If this works and enough folks use the charts, I'll upload more of them.