Road Trip - Things done, seen or best left unseen?
I went on a little road trip on Friday and a couple of weird things happened. This got me to thinking that some of you might have some great stories to tell. Please change the names to protect the innocent...or just plain stupid.
On the way their traffic was humming along nicely at 65 MPH. Semis were in the right lane and traffic was passing in the left lane. All was right with the world. I came around a bend and noticed 4 or 5 semis in a line in the right lane. There were two pickups in front of me and we all had the idea to pass the semis at the same time. We all get in the left lane and pass the first 2 or 3. Then I notice the first pickup tap his brakes. Then the guy in front of me does the same. Of course I back off a little and let them sort out what I can't see.
About fifteen minutes later we come up a small hill and I see what the problem was. There is a grey sedan that has at least 5 people in it. I say that because I can see 3 heads in the back seat. The driver is parallel with the head semi in this line of 4 or 5 semis and he/she is keeping pace with the head semi. The driver of the sedan is unaware or just plain doesn't give a shit that there are 3 pickups and at least 3 more cars behind me that wan't to get past.
I think finally the guy in the pickup right behind the sedan either honked or flashed his lights because the sedan pulled over in front of the lead semi and immediately put on it's hazards. This car was going down the highway at 63 MPH with hazards on.
I sped past and an hour later stopped for a toilet break and to get some water. When I get back on the highway I pass the sedan that is now in the right lane. A couple of minutes later I glance to my left and that frikken sedan is keeping pace with me now. I left it go for about 5 miles and then I take off thinking WTF?
On the way back I see a small car/truck in the distance. It looks really small. It takes me about ten minutes to get up to it and I realize it is a Volkswagon Rabbit pick up with a topper. It looks like a toy. It just looks tiny. I move in to the left lane to pass it. I look across my hood as I pass by it and realize the roof of the Rabbit doesn't even make it to my hood. I see the Rabbit disappear as my truck, looking from the drivers side across my hood, completely hides it from view.
I thought this is what it would look like in some alternate universe where trucks had to hunt for their food and my truck just caught up to and ate a Rabbit. Don't judge me. It was a long boring ride alone. Through farmland. Alone.
What are some of your stories??
Great imagination, Dave! I'll have to give some of my road trips a thought and see if I can match yours.
some of you with CB radios, can certainly tell some stories
people not in semi trucks either don't know semi drivers can see down into their vehicles, or don't give damn
when things happen in lower vehicles, instantly Channel 19 comes alive
gals showing off their bodies inadvertently or otherwise, gal gal stuff going on, guy gal stuff going on, etc
a vehicle below a semi truck is viewed by one driver & the semi will break the speed limit to keep viewing, then they will let other drivers know whats happening & they will in turn pull up to see what is going on.
It keeps the long distance drivers awake for sure
My youngest daughter (she's now 26), used to ride the interstate with me. We made a game out of counting hawks (either in the air or perched). It kept her focused and attentive, and the countryside seemed a bit more tolerable along the way. R...
We went on vacation the a few years ago. We drove over to Atlanta, GA. It's about a 10 hour drive. I took a few pics along the way that either brought a smile to my face, or I found a bit interesting.
I've been saying for years that coffee is a hazardous commodity, now I have proof.
I'm not sure where exactly this was seen, but it was pretty funny just the same.
Here is another that I took on that same road trip. It makes you wonder about the intelligence of the average driver on the raodways.
And finally.... Is this the name of the town or a description of the population?
I've seen so much travelling this country I have lost faith in mankind ever regaining common sense.
the story above of the car keeping pace with the vehicle beside is very common. What burns me up even worse is the number of idiots that refuse to use cruise control. they run up on my bumper, then blow past in the left lane. not even 30 seconds later I am passing them, then a few minutes later they either keep pace beside me or blow past again. one idiot in NE did this for 100 miles along I80, he would fly past and get 1/2 mile or so ahead then within 2 minutes I would pass him again. bet he fusses about how horrible his gas mileage is too.
another thing I see all the time is folks that will pass a semi then dart over in front of them and hit the brakes to take an exit. I just know i'll be a witness to one getting smoked one of these days.
Often they decide to ride right next to a semi when approaching an on ramp and the semi has no where to go when another semi tries to get on the interstate.
I have a topper on my truck with toolboxes in place of side windows so my side view is limited. professional drivers see my truck and KNOW where my blindspot is so they will give me a light flash when I can get back over. your run of the mill idiot will let me get clear of them and once I hit my blinker to get back over they speed up to right on my back corner.
if it were up to me there would be mandatory common sense tests before you are allowed to drive on any interstate!
I had my cruise on the entire way and I constantly had people speed up to me. I had one chick get so close I couldn't see her front end over my tailgate. I tapped my brakes to get her attention. She backed off but I could see the scowl on her face in the rear view mirror.
These stories sound like my daily commute. Every morning and evening we all slow down for one lane to merge, not sure why. Even the hammer lane slows down.
On the way home form the mountains this year we sat parked on HWY 93 for an hour, everyone was speculating a big accident, well we finally got moving and her it was some dumb camper overheated and people couldn't figure out how to go past him until the cops showed up to direct traffic.
Top three most boring drives from Edmonton - To Calgary, To Fort Mac, To Saskatchewan.
Just did a cross country trip and it was pretty quiet on the roads, I80 and I70.
Came across one accident in Wyoming west of Laramie, several police vehicles and 2 EMT vehicles were on the side of the road on a mountain grade all standing looking down the side of a pretty high fill. Don't know the full outcome of it, but it sure wakes you up and reminds you of the possibilities.
a different take on common sense
I escort Oversize truck Loads, mostly between California & Arizona & sometimes to El Paso Texas
On occasion i have watched as the truck that i am following gains on another Semi truck
the other trucker sees the truck & load that i am with & pulls into the Hammer Lane
here i am thinking that the other trucker is either being an A Hole or there is something in his way or on the shoulder of the highway, like a Patrolman.
Then i see nothing ahead of him & nothing on the shoulder to make him change lanes
I am now believing that he is a A Hole
In truth, the other driver was making it easier on the Oversize Load driver, he moved over so that our load could pass easier, we would have the right lane & shoulder to move past the other truck
The lanes are usually 12 to 13' wide & with the 6' shoulder, we had all the room in the world to pass, most oversize loads are less then 18' wide. 15' is a good average
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