Close Call Today
Man, am I glad they have wide shoulders on Nebraska roads.
I was heading home on a trip today when I passed through a construction zone following a semi. The construction zone was a short distance and traffic was being controlled by two flag men who could see each other and were probably talking on radios.
The right lane was closed and we had to switch over to the left (oncoming) lane.
No problem. We passed through the construction zone and I got ready to get back up to speed after moving back into the right lane.
The only problem was, once we'd cleared the construction zone and the highway was 2 lanes again, for some reason the truck sped up but just stayed in the left (oncoming traffic) lane.
To make things worse, the road was curvy and hilly and oncoming traffic was a real threat. I dropped back to a safe distance in the right lane behind the semi and was really hoping I wasn't going to be an eyewitness to a horrific accident.
Sure enough, as we rounded a curve and started up a hill, a pickup came over the crest of the hill. He must have been afraid to take the shoulder on the same side as the approaching semi, so he came over into my lane. I watched him and the semi pass, both in the wrong lanes and I had to take the shoulder to get out of the way of the oncoming pickup. I thought for sure at the last second it would be like a game of "chicken" and one of them would pull into the correct lane at the last second causing a head-on. I was aware of the situation and was well behind the semi. The pickup passed the semi and got back into the correct lane well before I passed him, but I was already on the shoulder. I wouldn't classify it as a "close call," but sure as hell close enough for me.
As soon as the pickup passed, the semi signalled and pulled over into the correct lane.
I have no idea what the trucker was thinking. There was nothing in the layout of the construction zone to cause confusion. We were obviously clear of it and he needed to get back into the right (correct) lane after we cleared it.
I'll tell 'ya. You just never know what the hell kind of weird shit is gonna happen when you're riding on the highways. It wasn't that long ago when I was riding down the Interstate on my way home from work at night and had a car pass by me going the wrong way; southbound in the northbound lanes.
Last edited by planalp; 06-07-2012 at 08:57 PM.