Has anyone else noticed the growing impatience (and sometimes even aggression) of drivers on interstate lately? The I-20 leg of my return ride home from Deals Gap to Dallas seemed unusually dangerous this weekend. Many cars were routinely traveling @ over 85mph and at times when I was boxed in at 75 mph in the slow lane, about had my taillight sucked up an intake.
Friday was uneventful down to Hoover, Al while on the secondary back roads but once I hit interstate, you could almost sense the skirmish lines being drawn and the impatience factor climbed off scale. Along with the scattered rain showers and the unavoidable traffic jams from road construction in every major city, there was an assortment of bumper car wrecks and a couple fatal crashes involving 18 wheelers. Jackson Ms had a 3 lane section of interstate (plus 2 bumper to bumper on-ramps) that brought traffic down to a crawl for miles. There was a similar one lane bottle neck at the Ms - La line and then again coming out of Shreveport.
A friend had let me borrow his Indian Dark Horse Chieftain last week for doing some well past due work on his Porsche 911. He felt with what the dealer would have charged, "He got the better end of the deal". Ha - I seriously doubt it and could hardly control myself when he handed me the key fob.
Man, the muffled thump of that 6 speed Indian really cranks out the fun and spun the time machine back to relive my 20's.
Although a few bikers gave in to the temptation to split lanes in the stalled traffic, I just pulled off down a shaded grassy knoll for a break when the surrounding radiator temps became too much. The far right hand maintenance lane also gave me a handy escape route when a car was coming down on me too fast in the stop and go traffic. There were plenty of one finger salutes to go around as agitated drivers creeped long and jockeyed for the nearest open slot.
Any trip with no major hic-ups or accidents is a good trip. AND over all it was really fun on the Indian but for comfort, balance and (paid for) reliability I still enjoy my old 84 GW Beauford T Dudley and 96 GW - Red Neckerson.
Ride Safe - Michael