1. There is always construction. Always. No matter the season, no matter the road. Wherever you want to go, they will be working somewhere on it. I keep thinking someday they’ll be finished with the construction and I’ll be able to make a trip smoothly. I keep thinking wrong. My favorite part of the drive to Oklahoma is that I-44 is a toll road as soon as you hit the OK state line, and it is always full of construction. I pay $3.50 a trip so I can slow down twenty miles per hour and be stuck in one lane.
2. Other drivers are rude and slow. I drive pretty fast, but not that fast. My general maximum is 80 and no more than 10 mph over the speed limit. I am also a courteous driver. I don’t ride bumpers, I don’t cut people off intentionally, when there is construction I get into the proper lane quickly, and let others in.
Oh, and I get into the slow lane when somebody faster is behind me. Why can’t others do the same? Seriously I was cut off at least 10 times on this trip by people who then proceeded to go way slow. Get the freak over folks! Actually, first don’t cut me off, and then get the freak over. Why is it people can’t wait five seconds for me to pass, when I’m obviously going faster than them, and then why can’t they get back over into the lane after they’ve passed whatever slow car they cut me off for?
Nothing I learned, but ticked me off: Doing my usual 80 mph in Missouri today I hit the breaks cause I see a cop about half a mile down the road. He’s not trapping, but driving down the road. Still, I break cause doing 80 in a 70 is not the best policy when passing a cop. I do pass cops by the way, just not way over the speed limit. I’m totally not afraid of them though. Why is everyone so scared that no matter what speed the cop is going, they slow way down and get behind them? The cop isn’t going to give you a ticket for going the speed limit, even if you do pass them.
So I slow to 70, the posted limit and begin to catch the cop. Now I usually spend my time in the fast lane, as I’m usually going faster than everybody else. But as earlier stated I move over for faster cars than me, or during long stretches of empty highway. But I see no point in constantly changing lanes when I know I’ll be passing people.
There I am, for awhile I’ll admit, in the fast lane. But I am passing people. Slowly I catch up to the copy – slowly as he is going maybe 67 to my 70. Just as I get up close to him, ready to pass, he jumps into my lane and then points to the right, as in telling me to move over.
Great, I think, he’s pulling me over for something stupid. I’m not speeding, but I do have a car full of boxes and I wonder if maybe I’m breaking some sort of ordinance. Like not safely buckling down my boxes or something.
No worries though for he gets into the right lane and keeps driving. No flashing lights, no sirens, not even a slow down to the curb with his pointy fingers.
What the crap? What, I can’t pass a cop, when he’s doing less than the speed limit? What kind of BS is that? The only logical thing I can figure is he didn’t like me being in the fast lane for so long. He did have a bumper sticker that said something about staying in the right lane. I know technically it is a passing lane and only to be used for such things, but give me a freaking break. I was passing people. Actually I was about to pass you, you stupid country redneck bumpkin who has to abuse his authority for dumb little kicks.
What a maroon!
Luckily, he exited soon and I hit the gas.