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Diesel pickups vs. cyclists
Last Post 03/23/2014 09:00 AM by Nicholas Arenella. 20 Replies.
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Red Tornado


03/21/2014 09:16 PM
Central Texas; Waco area to be exact. Been here 8 years. I'm a transplant from Indiana. Love the weather here, love the people. Lots of good ol' country boys which is fine; just need to learn respect for others. Yes TX is very diverse. Thats what makes it an interesting place. You can have the ocean, deep woods, endless farms/ranches & desert. Love the (almost) year-round cycling season, too.


03/22/2014 12:08 AM
Never noticed that before, but maybe that is what was going on last weekend during a ride.. I was coming towards curve and a big old diesel pickup - even had those upright stacks- came barreling around the curve in the wrong lane with a huge HUGE cloud of black smoke pouring out of both stacks. Went by me and I was choking. Then two cyclists came around the bend as well, each coughing and shaking their heads. Wish i had that on video to send to the police. Here in calif they will go after the guy for his numerous violations , not the least of who which is the pollution.
Orange Crush


03/22/2014 08:49 AM
On the Austin-Texas and landswap thing, I'd be Belgian if it wasn't for Maastricht and the dutch king at time really liking that city when the Belgian's ceceded.

Austin's nice and so is the Grand Bend area. The rest was just a long drive to get to Lousisiana :-)

The Crimean question isn't as easy as it gets portayed in the western media.


03/22/2014 10:40 AM
austin does have a lot going for it but it is texafying with lots of traffic, sprawl and poor urban planning. there are a lot of ranches out that way and a lot of space in between so having a big diesel truck is a requirement. big bend is a beautiful area that has some incredible riding but not many convenience stores. once you get to houston and points east you're getting into the deep south and a lot of backwoods types. not many obama stickers are sported around there. lots of nice people though. bless their hearts.
How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.


03/22/2014 07:59 PM
My brother got a Ford F-250 diesel. I doubt he rides cyclists off the road. I would like to get him a bumper sticker that I read about, "Real trucks don't use spark plugs."
OC- Crimea really is complicated. I was just looking for a way to get rid of T. Cruz. Crimea is an autonomous republic and can choose its affiliation, but it would be ignorant to assume the choice was not affected by the Russian Army ensconced throughout the peninsula. Part of the early justification for Russian intervention was to protect "Russian speaking" citizens, not "ethnic Russians". It has since changed. This overlooked the fact that Soviet Russia prohibited Ukrainian or other non-Russian languages in the SSRs. Of course there are a lot of Russian-speaking people in Crimea and eastern Ukraine.
Nick A


03/23/2014 09:00 AM
Not to start the geo-cultural thing...but yeah...you're in Texas. I've lived a lot of places, but mostly New York (City and suburbs), and now here in Albuquerque, NM. Much nicer to ride here, but in NY it was OK too. Lots of verbal assaults, but hey, it's just words. Upstate NY is where they actually throw sh1t at you.

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