Saturday, July 28, 2007

What is it With Pick-up Trucks?

I took a solo ride today and have never gotten harrassed more in my life by rednecks. I had at least 5 separate hillbillies in their POS pick-up trucks yell something at me as I was riding down the road. Why is it always a pick-up? I usually never get harrassed. It could have been because I was wearing my Lone Star Beer jersey. Who knows, but it was exhausting because I was getting poured on at the same time. I would love to catch up with one of these motherfuckers at a stop light.

The Tour today was fabulous. Hats off to Levi for killing himself trying to land the yellow jersey. Hats off to Contador as well for doing what he had to to stay in yellow. It is all but in the books now.


Blogger lauren said...

same thing around here, they're always in trucks or suv's. and usually 20 something year old guys.

it's rare that it's a small compact.

man! it's still raining there!? don't you guys usually have dry summers there?

7/29/07, 9:37 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

Lauren - the summers are usually draught like. This is a once in a century summer.

7/29/07, 10:34 AM  
Blogger Anne said...

Had a pair of road raging pickups about take me off the road today. The one hugging the bumper of the dude ahead of him just about snagged me. Then he pulls out to pass and the other guy speeds up. All in a no passing zone.

7/29/07, 6:21 PM  
Anonymous Fendergal said...

Thanks to Cheese-whiz I live in the big bad Fun City. Not many mullets in these parts.

7/29/07, 7:16 PM  
Blogger bryan said...

If you're in a French community, it's pronounced 'moo-lay.'

7/29/07, 7:36 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Anne - Sounds like redneck racing to me.

Fendergal - are taxis worse than rednecks?

Bryan - no matter how you pronounce it, they are the same everywhere. If you hear Billy Ray Cyrus music coming up behind you, get your ass off the road.

7/29/07, 8:21 PM  
Blogger Matt N said...

The asses are usually in pickups in Nebraska as well. Must be a cultural undergoing thing or some inbreeding involved.

7/29/07, 8:47 PM  
Blogger Jeff said...

I've owned a few pickups in my life. I think the deal is, is that they are large, tall, and usually have a meaner sounding engine. It's like being in a little fortified castle and gives you courage that you wouldn't otherwise have face to face.

The bigger the truck, the bigger the a-hole.

7/29/07, 9:17 PM  
Blogger bluecolnago said...

around here it seems to be monster suv's, bimmers, and other expensive cars. the costlier the car, the ruder the driver. and the cell phone. always the cell phone. i always give them a friendly wave....

7/30/07, 4:36 AM  
Blogger CyclistRick said...

yep, pickup trucks tend to have the aggressive jerks, the large SUV's and expensive cars the inattentive jerks. Gets worse when we are down by the Wife's parents; seems to be a bit more of the redneck character down there. Just keep your eyes and ears open, and be ready to react. Ride safe.

7/30/07, 7:55 AM  
Blogger bryan said...

speaking of Billy Ray Cyrus ... the VeloTech race trailer inexplicably had Achy Breaky Heart in its music mix on Saturday. Along with Wind Beneath My Wings, I Will Always Love You and Unchained Melody. I have nothing against the Righteous Brothers ... in the right situation.

Sunday's music was all White Stripes. ROCK!

7/30/07, 8:16 AM  
Blogger oldmanandhisbike said...

Dude, you are going to feel right at home here in West Michigan. Some of the redneck boys think you look kinda purty! :^)
Nothing fun about being hassled on a bike. I worry more about being hit, but the insults are a drag too.
Syd B says "lycra-envy" fuels their stupidity. It's a nice thought.

7/30/07, 9:35 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

Matt - I can believe the inbreeding. They all do seem to have pointy heads and squinty eyes.

Jeff - to your point, there are a lot of F350s or 3500s or whatever the fuck around here.

Blue - I never get bothered by the BMWs. It must be a regional problem.

Rick - you probably see much more BS than me commuting everyday.

Bryan - that music had to be a joke, right?

Oldman - I guess my super good looks could be fueling some sort of envy thing. I should cover up my face when I ride.

7/30/07, 6:34 PM  
Blogger Them Country Folk: said...

I think Sully sported that 'do when he was in high school and college. In fact, I have a photo of the mullet boy in our new finished basement.

7/31/07, 7:02 AM  

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