9 responses

  1. Tim
    August 19, 2010

    Darryl,

    Sounds like the time I almost stepped out into the path of a bus in London because I was looking the wrong way. A rough pull by a resident accompanied by a “not so fast mate” saved me.

    Assumptions can kill ya.

  2. Clive Chapman
    August 19, 2010

    Hey Darryl! Be Alert!

    I’ve never quite worked out what a lert is, but be one anyway! 😉

  3. Allison Peacock
    August 18, 2010

    Great post, but do me a favor, eh? Please REMOVE said image of yourself being flattened by a truck from your mind’s eye. This is how you create your reality.

    Please create something else. Like, say, see yourself narrowly AVOIDING being flattened so you remember to stay alert.

    I really would like the opportunity to see you unpack your bags in Austin. Deal?

    • Loving the Bike
      August 18, 2010

      I think the reason I was so lucky was because I did create this reality. I never think about or worry about traffic and I feel completely free and safe out there. I love your attitude and way of thinking….we’re going to get along brilliantly.

      Darryl

  4. Richard Masoner
    August 18, 2010

    It’s amazing and scary how that happens, isn’t it? As cyclists we must stay engaged, but still even the best of us space out for a few seconds.

  5. Bryan
    August 18, 2010

    What a great lesson. We always have to stay ‘engaged’ while out there. It’s really easy to let our minds wander while we’re riding and not really pay attention to what’s going on. I’m sure we’ve all driven a car and had experiences where we can’t seem to remember the last few miles all because we ‘zoned out’. I don’t think it’s any different riding a bike.

  6. Alice
    August 18, 2010

    Thanks for the great post, Darryl. It’s a good reminder to all of us that riding can be dangerous and we need to always stay focused and aware of our surroundings to stay safe. Glad you had a happy ending to the story. Stay safe out there.

    • Loving the Bike
      August 18, 2010

      You know it. One small blank out is all it takes.

  7. mari-jo Lamarche
    August 18, 2010

    I’ve got another image of pancakes now!
    Good post Darryl, made me realize I’m into “bonus time ” too!
    I’ve had a few close calls also, pretty scary to say the least.
    Incredible how, in within 1 sec, everything can change!
    Stay safe out there!
    Mari-jo (@marijolamarche)

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