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    What's your strangest or funniest interaction with a motorist?

    I'm sure that a lot of you out there with many more miles than me have some great stories, but my interaction with a woman in a car the other day prompts me to ask what funny/odd interactions you've had with drivers.

    I was stopped a couple of cars behind a red light toward the left side in the left-most lane anticipating a left turn further up the road. I noticed the car behind me inching forward and then crowding next to me in my lane along side of me. An "earthy" woman, probably in her 60's, rolls down her window and says to me sincerely, "I think it's great that you're wearing all that safety gear and riding safely. My brother rides in California." A bit surprised by the whole sequence and her comments, I replied, "Thanks". Just then, the light turned green and traffic started forward. Instead of letting me go ahead, she pulled forward cutting me off leaving me to gawk at her bumper and several environmentally related bumper stickers.
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    1: Several years ago I had an RT with the electric windshield. Rolling down the interstate I lowered the windshield because the temperature was rising after a cool morning. Seeing the windshield move electronically excited the kids in the mini-van in the lane next to me. The mini-van and I traveled side by side for a few miles while I accommodated their requests, via hand signals, to raise and lower the windshield. Fun to find out what entertains kids.

    2: Roughly 20 minutes from home...returning from a long trip...of course in driving rain. I am in the left lane of a long sweeping exit from one highway to another. As I pass a Mercedes I look over and see the driver. He is nicely dressed in a blue striped oxford shirt. He looks over at me, picks up his Starbucks, gives me a slight "Cheers" nod, smiles and takes a sip of his coffee. I had to chuckle. Here we are, side by side in completely different environments. I am in the rain, wet and dirty. The rain hitting my helmet sounds like gravel. Meanwhile the man in the Benz is traveling beside me in dry comfort...probably listening to classical music. His actions were not ill willed. I think he appreciated the moment as I did.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bluehole View Post
    ... 2: Roughly 20 minutes from home...returning from a long trip...of course in driving rain. I am in the left lane of a long sweeping exit from one highway to another. As I pass a Mercedes I look over and see the driver. He is nicely dressed in a blue striped oxford shirt. He looks over at me, picks up his Starbucks, gives me a slight "Cheers" nod, smiles and takes a sip of his coffee. I had to chuckle. Here we are, side by side in completely different environments. I am in the rain, wet and dirty. The rain hitting my helmet sounds like gravel. Meanwhile the man in the Benz is traveling beside me in dry comfort...probably listening to classical music. His actions were not ill willed. I think he appreciated the moment as I did.
    I equate this interaction to two riders waving to each other. Neat story, thx for sharing.
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    All my encounters are like that.
    I mean, they are all funny, odd, strange. All something. A lot of them are funny or comical.
    I suppose one recent one I remember. And old man says, do you like riding that bike? I wouldn't do it if I didn't like it says I.
    I recently told another one, in response to a similar comment, I love riding it.
    A lot of times when I lane split to the front of the line at a stop light, I will talk to the first car driver, if their window is open. Or, they talk to me.
    I always talk to other bike riders, if I stop beside them. I have to say something.
    Some years ago a man said to me, oh, I'd like to have a bike like that, but the wife wouldn't let me.
    Why not do what some of us do, says I, have the wife buy the bike for you? Oh, that's not going to happen, says he. But he was sufficiently chagrined to go home and look in the mirror.
    Some don't respond. So I just move on to the next.
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    Just this past Sunday I was riding from north Georgia down to Daytona Beach, FL to visit my Dad. I was on I-75 in south Georgia, in the middle lane, with the cruise control on. There was an SUV ahead of me in the right lane that was pulling a trailer and travelling at a slower speed. As approached I could see children's bicycles in the trailer and then noticed there was an Ontario, Canada plate on the trailer (maybe the SUV). Then I saw an R1200GSA on the trailer! As I slowly pulled along side the driver looked over and gave me an energetic wave when he saw me on my K1200LT. I pointed back at his GSA, shook my head (like a parent giving the "no no" sign) and shook my finger at him. I could see he burst out laughing. Then he pointed at his wife, shrugged his shoulders and she started laughing too. We all had a good laugh. I really hoped that I'd run into them at a rest or gas stop along the way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cehlbeck View Post
    1: Several years ago I had an RT with the electric windshield. Rolling down the interstate I lowered the windshield because the temperature was rising after a cool morning. Seeing the windshield move electronically excited the kids in the mini-van in the lane next to me. The mini-van and I traveled side by side for a few miles while I accommodated their requests, via hand signals, to raise and lower the windshield. Fun to find out what entertains kids.

    2: Roughly 20 minutes from home...returning from a long trip...of course in driving rain. I am in the left lane of a long sweeping exit from one highway to another. As I pass a Mercedes I look over and see the driver. He is nicely dressed in a blue striped oxford shirt. He looks over at me, picks up his Starbucks, gives me a slight "Cheers" nod, smiles and takes a sip of his coffee. I had to chuckle. Here we are, side by side in completely different environments. I am in the rain, wet and dirty. The rain hitting my helmet sounds like gravel. Meanwhile the man in the Benz is traveling beside me in dry comfort...probably listening to classical music. His actions were not ill willed. I think he appreciated the moment as I did.

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    Just this past Sunday I was riding from north Georgia down to Daytona Beach, FL to visit my Dad. I was on I-75 in south Georgia, in the middle lane, with the cruise control on. There was an SUV ahead of me in the right lane that was pulling a trailer and travelling at a slower speed. As approached I could see children's bicycles in the trailer and then noticed there was an Ontario, Canada plate on the trailer (maybe the SUV). Then I saw an R1200GSA on the trailer! As I slowly pulled along side the driver looked over and gave me an energetic wave when he saw me on my K1200LT. I pointed back at his GSA, shook my head (like a parent giving the "no no" sign) and shook my finger at him. I could see he burst out laughing. Then he pointed at his wife, shrugged his shoulders and she started laughing too. We all had a good laugh. I really hoped that I'd run into them at a rest or gas stop along the way.
    Great stories!
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