Biking: A new pet peeve.
Following up on my entry on biking from a few weeks a go I had been planning to do a number of entries regarding my ever growing list of the pet peeves of mild hazzards that occur when one is commuting on a bicycle.
Just yesterday I got a new one which was probably a once in a lifetime occurrence (here’s hoping) that I just had to share before I got to the more in depth tirades that I have planned for the future. One of the main parts of my commute consists of Lake City Way. I should point out that this is not a particularly smart route to take and lots of my fellow biker prefer to take the back roads. I still risk it because it gets around the worst hills in the area (there are times I’m convince that Lake City is at the very bottom of a small valley.) And as far as Lake City Way’s very heavy traffic it is safe enough for me to risk this calculated bit of stupidity.
Anyway what is probably the riskiest part of this is when you initially turn into Lake City Way from Ravenna Ave. The visibility isn’t perfect and there’s a few time’s I’m amazed I didn’t get clipped when I do it. If you know there is going to be a car making the turn about the same time you have to hug the side of the road as much as possible and it requires all of your concentration.
So this was the situation yesterday… and as it happened I heard I heard a loud barking right in my ear that surprised me so much I nearly lost my balance. As the car passed me I saw a Jack Russel Terrier sticking it’s head out of its window.
So here is my newest biking pet peeve (and this time it’s literal) Small dogs in cars barking at very inopportune times.