Sunday, October 11, 2009

gutted - sorry Groover

I was so sad to read Groover's last Blog. At least I think it was a blog, because it showed up this afternoon in my Google Reader, but it isn't on her blog site, so I don't know.

The basic story is that the mean streets of Brisbane have caused her some heartache, and I feel so sorry. I am not sure who has been here longer, Sandra or me, but I feel a terrible cringe over the events that have transpired, and I want to apologise on behalf of all the Queenslanders who are worth sharing the road with.

Maybe it is because I am so obviously a small, ageing female, I don't cop that much abuse. Indeed, I have had many positive encounters with drivers. Maybe it is hotter up here, and there are more open windows. I have had conversations at red lights, encouragement from rev heads (I think "Go! Tour de France!) is encouragement, and several people have given way to me in round a bouts, which is several more than I expected.

I am astounded that a young male could come up behind Groover on her bike and not pause to appreciate her finer qualities, even if it was a bit dark! What a looser.

Anyway, I just wanted you to know that you should remain positive. Be of good cheer. Choose your roads carefully. Feel hope for us as a society.

You have to believe, but sometimes it is hard.


Bluenoser said...

It's not only Australia Dee. I took quite a beating a few years back on the way to a time trial on the quiet back roads of Mahone Bay.

Started with a beer bottle bouncing off my back, thrown from a passing car and then just got ugly from there.

I learned a whole lot from it. From the laws to the way I dress when I ride now.

email me we'll talk about it.


Bluenoser said...

That should read... to the laws of the road, to the way I dress when I ride now.


Bluenoser said...

It's a long story and as I said gets quite nasty.

The Townsville jersey is now starting to fit quite well for Cross season I'm down to 185 now.


Lily on the Road said...

Dee, I'm just really starting into cycling, I learned a lot from you, Blue and Groover. As well, the accident this summer here in Ottawa has really made our cycling community on edge.

Stay safe...