What’s wrong with this picture?
That’s right – my camping gear is sitting in my lounge room and not strapped to the back of my bike!
I was so looking forward to getting away on the bike this weekend, meeting up with friends in a far flung town, camping, enjoying a beer and shooting the breeze. But alas it was not to be.
Coming home from work on Friday night in the rain – I was travelling along, minding my own business when a Range Rover who was stopped in a slip lane pulled onto the road. But that was okay because he was in the left lane and I was in the right. However as I fast approached him (I was doing the speed limit and he had just started off) he changed lanes right into me.
And all of a sudden he was right there. I smashed his big drivers side mirror with my left upper arm, the bikes handlebar digging into his front guard as the bike side-swiped the car jamming my ankle between his car and my bike’s frame. I was pushed sideways up and over the curb onto the traffic island. 30 years of riding experience keeping the bike upright. In my favour was angled curb (and not a square curb), and no road furniture to hit right there as the signage on the traffic island was further up the hill that would not have been nice to get tangled up with.
I get the fact of not admitting liability – although he clearly didn’t look before moving into my lane. What made me really angry was that he didn’t even ask if I was okay after just hitting me (a person) with his huge four wheel drive.
Not happy Jan!
I was pushed up and onto the traffic island about where Bart is standing.
And to me and the bike
All things considered I came out of it pretty well.
Not Happy Jan – relates to a tv advertisement in Australia from the year 2000. Due to the ad’s popularity in Australia, the line entered the cultural vernacular as a catch phrase used to express a feeling of discontent.