I appreciated the slow overtake, as this part of of 48th in winding and passing can be difficult, even when the roads are clear. As the car passed, I noticed the window down. I don't get many screamers, but I always expect them, just to be ready. A guy leaned out of the passenger window and shouted:
Way to bike! That's sweet!Well, that was pretty cool. I was using all of my air handling capacities for respiration, plus I had a balaclava over my mouth, so instead of responding vocally, I just waved with my hand.
The guy added as they were pulling away:
I bike to work, too!Again, I just waved. Wearing my lobster claw gloves, I hope the guy didn't think I was giving him the finger. Rather, it should have been interpreted as in Vulcan, "live long and prosper."
By my estimation, the emotional exchange rate between random encouragement and nasty screamers is about 100 to 1.
Do any of you have any interesting positive or negative random encouragements to share?