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How close is too close?

Last Saturday I completed the usual club ride followed by coffee and calories at CBD North Lakes (purveyors of the most excellent DiBella Coffee).  The weather was perfect (once the sun came up and put some warmth into the morning) and for once I had visions of getting through the 80km without suffering the disdain of those on four or more wheels for those of us choosing two.  I should learn not to have visions.

Riding back home (why am I always one of the last to leave?) I was approaching a roundabout, riding on or just to the left of the lane marker on Anzac Avenue, Kallangur, when I became aware of a truck approaching from behind.  Now, I was riding at about 30-32kph and would find it easier to negotiate the roundabout close to that speed, much close than the truck would.  So what does the dickhead truck driver do?  Ease off the gas and allow me, who is ahead of him, to get through the roundabout into a position where it would be easy for him to overtake on the straight road following the roundabout?  No!  This…

 

About 500m later I caught up with the truck waiting at the lights on the intersection with Duffield Road.  I rode past and as the lights changed wondered whether the truckie would turn off somewhere or pass me a bit further on.  I should have known.  Another 500m later he passed me again.  Just as close as before…

 

Which just goes to prove if you are a truckie driving B-Double not only do you not need a big dick, you probably don’t have one.  Unless it is on your head.

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