3.10.06

Dodgy

I rode my bike home from the office in the dark tonight. I'm not used to doing that for a couple reasons - we just changed our clocks here in Guatemala, so it gets dark an hour earlier (when the actual sunset only varies 30 minutes all year long!) AND it's dangerous so I avoid it when I can. I have to ride down a highway for 1 km that is unlit and that has claimed the lives of many people in recent years. What is perhaps most perilous though is the roadkill that I can't see. There was a dead dog on the shoulder next to our driveway 2 nights ago. Then there are the toads, the big toads. On the street that they are redoing in front of the office, there are open, unmarked manholes (I've already dropped my front right car tire in one of those babies) to dodge in the dark. Plus it's raining, so visibility is distorted by the reflections of whatever light is coming at you. Just a tiny bit freaky.

4 comments:

Debby said...

this is your mother talking,
DONT RIDE YOUR BIKE AT NIGHT!!!
thank you.

saison said...

You should probably get a head light. Or tape a flashlight to your handlebars. I remember riding into Riviere du Loup after dark. I was freaked out! Walking towards me was someone wearing a long black gown with a hood. It might have been a nun, but all I thought about was the grim reaper!

Sirdar said...

Funny about the way they don't make things safe when doing construction. Here of course they would have barricades a mile around with the speed limit at 50kph with a photo radar van parked just after the speed limit sign. But I agree with you mother...get a light!!

Zaak said...

But mom!

Light eh? Here comes Santa Clause Here comes Santa Clause...

Grim Reaper eh? Sca-ry!