Death-defying u-turnThe first instance happened this morning near the bottom of a shallow hill on a two-way, two-lane road with rapidly moving traffic. A maroon-color Outback rapidly pulls over to the shoulder. The Outback is full of people and luggage, including stuff tied to the roof rack. Cars immediately following the Outback braked to avoid a collision, with a couple of them swerving briefly into the lane of opposing traffic. Dust was kicked up a dozen feet into the air. But, that's not all! The lady driving the Outback activates her left turn blinker just as Allie and I approach in our car. All of a sudden the lady veers back into the road at a sharp angle, with her front left fender heading straight for our front right fender. Allie honked and swerved into the opposing traffic lane to avoid the collision! The lady barely stopped in time to miss us. Fortunately there was a gap in the traffic on the opposite lane into which we could veer. Just as we passed, she continued her sharp turn into the lane and across into the opposite lane. She cut out in front of the car that was immediately behind us.
Then she proceeds to make a full u-turn right in front of on-coming traffic in the opposing lane. Traffic moving in both directions had to slam on their brakes to avoid being hit this lady. I'm sure she left a phantom intersection in her wake. When I looked back, I saw a field of brake lights as we continued on. After a few cuss words were uttered by Allie, I stated, "that the lady was driving like Clark Griswold". "Yeah, [more expletives], Griswold!" Allie appreciatively replies.
Bang, crumble, bye-bye bike
|Roof-racked bicycle might've looked|
something like this before being
mangled beyond recognition.
The expensive looking bicycle was no longer a bicycle. I mean, there was still kinda two wheels, but it was a mangled mess. The roof rack was also a mangled mess. The roof rack being attached to the roof of the Subaru likely suggests that the Subaru's roof was also damaged to some extent.
At this point, the driver still doesn't exit his car. I think he was stunned. He finally pulls into a nearby parking spot. He still waits a considerable amount of time to get out. Maybe he was surveying the damage to the roof of the Subaru from the inside? When he finally gets out, he just stares at the mangled mess where his bicycle and roof rack formerly existed.
In what I thought to be a quiet voice, I made a comment, half to myself, half to Tobzilla, "That's an expensive mistake". Despite the distance between us, the driver, who appeared to be of the more laid-back early-twenties variety, looks over at me and just yells "Fuck!". I could do no more than to reply with a consoling "Yup!" and continue on my way with Tobzilla.
It's been one of those days.