As per usual...
Before I get into the meat of this post, I'd like to shine light on the fact that it was a fun and great ride but with tons of possible accidents because some motorists are just arrogant beyond words.
As stated, the ride was GREAT! I did tons of hills such as Ramla, Dwejra, Xaghra, Nadur...Hills really do make the ride a lot more challenging and interesting. Must I say it again...I LOVE HILLS.
Oh and finally my road bike is F.I.X.E.D!!!!
Now onto the saddening part of the post...
Within just 20mins into the ride as I was descending down the Qala Primary School road, a truck just decided to stop, blocking off everyone else whilst he started to window chat with his fellow compadre on the opposite side of the road...
Oh you wait..this gets worse... So whilst Mr.Arrogant finishes talking with Window Chatter number 1, he then spots another fellow Window Chatter, and what does he do ? HE STOPS AGAIN, STILL BLOCKING ME OFF!!!
Yes, it gets even worse! So this genial being realised that he stopped a little too far away from Window Chatter number 2, so what does he do ?
WITHOUT A CARE IN THE WORLD, HE REVERSES WHILST I AM LITERALLY INCHES AWAY FROM THE TAIL OF HIS TRUCK.
Nonetheless, I was frustrated. I went up to his window, lightly knocked on it and exclaimed - "What the hell are you doing?" - in Maltese of course. Then I pulled to the side and took down his number plate, which by the way WAS FULLY COVERED WITH DUST (I think that's illegal?).
To my surprise...this bloke came up to me and started saying that HE DIDN'T SEE ME (repeated this about 200000 times) AND THAT I WAS SPEEDING DOWN THE HILL..... WHAT?!?!?
Some context - I was behind him for a WHOLE MINUTE. And I admit, I'm a fairly large guy, riding on a brightly coloured red bike that makes a considerable amount of noise.
Anyway...he wasn't going to admit that he was obviously at fault and that he obviously broke the law.... I decided to drop the conversation by telling him to be more careful next time.
What does this dude say?
AND I QUOTE - " AHNA KONNA NAMLU TRAMPI GHAR MIN DAWN META KONNA ZGHAR TA!"
Translated - "WE USED TO DO WAY WORSE THAN THIS WHEN WE WERE YOUNG!"
IN WHAT WORLD IS ALMOST REVERSING ONTO A CYCLIST COMPARABLE TO A DAMN PRANK!?
TO ALL MOTORISTS. DO THE WORLD A FAVOUR. IF YOU'RE GOING TO STOP TO WINDOW CHAT FROM CAR TO CAR....
DON'T DO IT ON A ROAD. PULL TO THE SIDE!!!!!
Btw, I did take down his number plate, and it is -
Today's Ride on Strava (Cycling App)
Highlights of Today's Ride
- Highly spirited
- I CAN RIDE THE ROAD BIKE AGAIN!!
- Fine ride.
Drawbacks of Today's Ride
- A couple of door flingers
- Window chatters
Name & Shame
Pic of the Day