The Emergency Emergency Stop

There I was cruising down the road on the outskirts of town.  Slight downhill, only one car in front of me and a roundabout probably about 150 yards ahead.

The car in front was a little black mini and it put on it’s right hand indicator.  There were a couple of houses over there, so I thought it would pull over to them and slowed down.  Silly me, what on earth made me think this was going to be simple?

As the mini indicated right, it pulled over towards the left and put its nose at the left hand kerb with its rear end sticking out at an angle towards the road.  Maybe they just got their left and right muddled up thinks I.

At this point I am thinking I have a couple of options.  I could do an avoidance manoeuvre and go around the rear of the car and carry on my merry way.  Then again, I have not been riding that long and something might come the other way and I don’t really want to be in the middle of the wrong side of the road if that happens.

My other option is to slow down and assume that he will pull into the left hand side more and straighten up.  Well we all know what happens when you assume something, don’t we?

As I slowed down the bloody car reversed towards me!  I mean what on earth was he doing? Then… Then to make things even worse the car broadsides across the road!

I have no words that I can publicly put where my family may read them but you can be sure there were plenty words being screamed inside that helmet.

Pulling on the brakes whilst desperately wondering what way this damm mini was going to go now that it was smack bang in the middle of the road was an experience.  I wouldn’t say it was a graceful stop, but it was steady and smooth and I did not end up in the passenger seat of the mini which was a bonus.

The driver saw me as I stalled the bike having stopped about 2 feet from his passenger door.  He sheepishly waved an apology and proceeded to reverse into a driveway on the right hand side of the road.

I started my bike and rode off into the sunset, still thinking many obscenities but also thinking, in an emergency, I can emergency stop and that is good enough for me.

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