Tuesday, August 19, 2008
This morning when I was riding to work, I had a close call with the law and I'm STILL nervous and a little shakey inside as a result.
Throughout Tucson, there are some streets that seem to have an endless amount of stop lights on them and there are others that there is a nice long stretch where you can really open up your bikes throttle and ride fast. One of those streets is a street I take to work every morning...PaloVerde/Veteran's overpass. Coming off of 29th and onto PaloVerde always feels good cause I know that there's a long curvey road that literally invites me to go fast so I generally take advantage of it. This morning was no exception. I was rounding the curve at 50-55 mph and I had known that there had been cops sitting at the corner where the overpass begins, for some time, but this morning I had forgotten and from a distance, I couldn't see them so I assumed they weren't there and I opened up the throttle a little more. Then, as I got closer, I saw them. Two of them. Sitting there pointing what appeared to be a speed gun right in my direction. As soon as I saw them, I tried to slow down conspicuously. Not alot, cause I didn't want them to think I had slowed down because I saw them, but gradually, before I got there. 53, 52, 51, 50...I can't get it any slower by just letting of the throttle. I tried slightly braking, 48, 47...still too fast. Darn, they're writing something down and looking at me. I'm screwed. DARN, DARN, DARN!!! Just then, as I was getting ready to pass them, a truck went past me on my left. Maybe I had been imagining this. Maybe, since he was going faster, it would be okay. Then I heard the siren and saw the flashing lights. DARN! DARN! DARN! I'm busted. My heart was going a hundred miles a minute as I envisioned the cop coming up from behind me. The embarrassment of everybody looking at me get a ticket. The financial strain on my budget as I had this enormous fine to pay. DARN! I can't believe it finally happened. I can't believe how stupid I was not to have remembered they were there. I knew I was screwed so I started slowing down. Then something funny happened. I didn't see his lights in my mirrors. I heard him, but couldn't see him behind me. Then I saw him to my left and realized that the cop went after the truck that had passed me up, instead! OMG! OMG! Thank you, JESUS!!! Oh God, thank you, so much!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you! I slowed down and let the cop pull the guy over in front of me and just like everybody else, I watched this poor guy get pulled over by this cop. Sorry guy. Looks like BOTH of us need to remember those guys are there.