Friday, September 19, 2008

Good Times

Years ago, Rachelle and I lived in Arizona. We were young. Had a good job. No kids yet. We had just bought our first house and a new car. Life was good.

One day during lunch, I was driving back to work in my new car with an ice cold Coke in my lap. Totally zoned out and listening to music. All of a sudden, I was blinded by a flash of light. One of those automatic speed limit machines had just tagged me speeding and it took my picture.

Several weeks later, I got a letter in the mail which included a ticket and a photo of me. I wish I could find that picture. It's the funniest thing. I had a huge smile on my face. Just happy to be alive with my Coke, music, and new car. Totally clueless that I was about to get a speeding ticket.

Last night, I loaded up the truck with my MTB and gear and had set off to meet the group for a night ride up AF canyon. I didn't have a Coke (although, I'm back on the DC wagon), I was listenting to some tunes, and feeling good. Totatlly clueless that I was about to get a speeding ticket. As I came down the south side of Suncrest, I was clocked doing 58 MPH in a 40 zone. Yep. I got a ticket.

I didn't get mad. How could I? I was about to spend the next 3 hours riding my bike at night on some of the best single track in the World.

Since I have a "biking slush fund account" and since this was on my way to a ride, It means I'll be cutting a check to the city of Highland instead of getting that nice new carbon bar.

Note: I took a shower when I got home this time.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think that it's probably impossible to go 40mph down suncrest.

Draper/Highland should consider fines for speeding tickets part of property tax for those living on the hill. The points for speeding still go on your license, but you all should get a pass on the fine.

If I lived up there, I'd wind up commuting by bike year-round, 'cause I'm pretty sure I'd wind up losing my license if I had to drive off that hill a couple times a day.

dug said...

it's much easier to avoid the ticket on the north side, cuz they patrol it practically every day--predictable.

but on the south side, they patrol like twice a year. i get a ticket both times.

Rob said...

Highland cops don't understand the rules like Draper cops. If the speeder has awsomeness in the back of his truck (ie Singlespeed MTB,) don't write the ticket.

Rob said...

Sorry - that should have been "bad assness" instead of awesomeness

http://ride29er.blogspot.com/2008/06/respect.html

tibiker said...

Dug, I got pulled over this morning on the N side. I had hiked the upper CC area scouting a new trail route and apparently trail work is nearly as good as having a SS in the back. Verbal warning.

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tibiker said...

sorry, it double posted :)