Then on some other occasion, someone with a trailer gets impatient and overtakes you in a really stupid place. Suddenly the world and its cars are all against you. You start to notice the smell of every exhaust that passes you.
What happened to the idea of being at one with your bike doing whatever riding you enjoy ?
Do we really want all these people to influence our moods ?
He comes out when I'm driving a car and guess what ? - he rants at cyclists. You know - the ones that veer across the road without signalling. The ones that come up the inside at speed from miles behind, when you are indicating to turn left and cause you to do an emergency stop as you are turning left. The ones that are two abreast for miles with no obvious reason on a road that's really difficult to overtake on.
Really, these two Hydes need to get together and sort themselves out !
The trouble is that we allow the extreme people on the car side of the argument to push us into an extreme view on our side. It serves no useful purpose, as there will always be extremes on both sides.
We need to engage with the moderate reasonable people on both sides and not let the extremes dictate what we do, feel or say. It doesn't really serve any constructive purpose.
Do we want that ?
A hundred yards or so from the junction, I was still head down ploughing on and heard a car behind. Expecting it to overtake, I carried on, but the driver must have seen my group ahead, been unsure whether I was going to pull out into the middle and he held back until I got to the junction and turned, which I wasn't expecting.
I made sure I gave a very friendly thumbs up and wave.
It felt much better than when I exercise the old middle finger.