Sadly, I'm not talking about a fun ride, like a cool century ride or some sponsored event. No, my expensive ride on Sunday looked like this:
Oh, Baños, Ecuador, what a fun visit we had; Michael snapped this photo of the guardia lecturing this little girl for riding her bike through the plaza rather than around it. How would I know, 8 years later that I'd totally feel her pain?
Anyway, substitute me in my Smashfest Fly kit and the Bat for the girl and a Sheriff for the guardia and then you would have a more accurate picture. Yep, I got ticketed on Sunday for not stopping at a stop sign. I was totally guilty - I didn't stop, and I know that this makes me an irresponsible cyclist. I could defend myself and say that it's not an intersection where cyclists need to stop unless they are turning left (which is true, but anyway). What really frustrates me about the ticket is that I knew that the sheriff was there - I passed by him on one street and took note, but then when I cruised down the hill, I just totally forgot that he was there. I didn't even think about it until I heard him signal me. And then I was so pissed, I really wanted to tell him to go fuck off, which is irrational because, as I said, I ran through the stop sign, no doubt about it.
Meanwhile, as he gave me my ticket, all of these other bikers totally cruised by us - and I would bet that half of them ran that stop sign too! They should have at least thanked me!
Anyway, it's not the end of the world, no one was hurt, and, fortunately, the ticket doesn't go on my car insurance. But, still, it was a total killjoy moment and somewhat humiliating too!