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Old 03-07-2008, 10:05 AM   #1
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Just returned from a three week, 3000 mile jaunt through Southern California, Arizona, and Nevada. Wanted to get to Big Bend, but the "Front Office" (namely Lalah) told me it was too far and we had appointments waiting on us at home. Anyway, we had a lot of fun. I tackled Superstition Mountain and won this time after going down to defeat last year. Here are some pix. First, a shot of "the Flatiron" from below:

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A shot from above:

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And then there's, uhhh, me!

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--and, finally, my lunch buddy up top!

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The reason for this post is to ask your opinion. Have the barbarians really taken over our highways? I'm not talking here about those disconnected dolts who dial their cell phones as they pass on an uphill stretch and barely make it around us, but something seemingly much more disturbing.

I generally tow at about 55-60 mph, and frequently pull out to let others go around if I'm "wearing a tail" on mountain roads, but the following type of behavior has been happening on multilane highways. Apparently just because I am not going as fast as he (not usually a she!) thinks I should be going---or because he doesn't like my license plate or the profile of my travel trailer or something else equally obscure---Conan the Barbarian passes me at a very high speed, much like a ballistic missile, not even completely moving over into the other lane, then whips in front of me with about a foot or so to spare as he cuts me off before disappearing in a cloud of dust (er, smoke).

With all due respect to you folks from these states, this type of behavior seems to be common in Arizona and Nevada, though a semi tractor-trailer did to it to me in the Sacramento area.

This type of behavior simply scares the hell out of me. What is your take on it, and what do you do to try to prevent it from happening.

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Old 03-07-2008, 10:18 AM   #2
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Don't forget the type who also pass at breakneck speed only to slow up slower than you were travelling before or slow on hills making you lose momentum and have to downshift, only to speed up on the straight just enough that you can't pass. It only takes one jerk out there to make it seem like everyone is doing it.
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Old 03-07-2008, 10:21 AM   #3
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Beautiful pictures, thanks for sharing. Congrats on conquering the mountain!! With regard to conquering the barbarians......IMHO you can't. They abide everywhere, in various forms.
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Old 03-07-2008, 11:29 AM   #4
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what a wonderful trip you had!! love the pictures....glad you had a good time!
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Old 03-07-2008, 12:47 PM   #5
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The driving behavior you describe is typical in So. Cal. Everyone thinks they are a proctologist...and the car in frot needs an exame, I guess.

It's part of the "Me first" mentality. I have tailgaters when I am in the SLOW LANE and doing the speed limit. Passing laws do not apply to anyone, especially in mountain areas

I use turn outs, but some folks are even too impatient to wait for one to come up.
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Old 03-07-2008, 01:49 PM   #6
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Hi: Gee I thought it was just ME!!! You should try driving a 16 Ton transit bus for 8hrs a day. Even with the Province wide "Yield to the Bus law" the drivers in the city I drive in... think they have an EXEMPTION!!! My biggest decision every hour is Jam on the brakes and throw everyone on the floor or hit the car. Either way it's a no win sit. BTW Nice pic's.
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Old 03-07-2008, 01:51 PM   #7
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RVs, like bicycles, are fundamentally intended to be passed -- It's almost instinctive. It's just not cool to stay behind one.
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Old 03-07-2008, 01:53 PM   #8
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Hi: Again...need a bumper sticker that says
"SORRY FOR DRIVING SO CLOSE IN FRONT OF YOU"
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Old 03-07-2008, 04:27 PM   #9
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Hi: Again...need a bumper sticker that says
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I love that.... and am going to have one made up.

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BTW great pictures, I hope to be there sometime.
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Old 03-07-2008, 05:49 PM   #11
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I have long thought the biggest problem we have is :
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I have a plaque with a cartoon of Linus and his blanket with the caption,"I love mankind, Its PEOPLE I can't stand!"
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I'm not talking here about those disconnected dolts who dial their cell phones ---

---Conan the Barbarian passes me at a very high speed, much like a ballistic missile, not even completely moving over into the other lane, then whips in front of me with about a foot or so to spare as he cuts me off before disappearing in a cloud of dust (er, smoke).
I drive a lot as part of my job, and I would not dismiss a cell phone as the instigator for that behavior. I speculate that many young whipper snappers learned to drive from playing road race video games...
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Brining my trailer "Up the hill" last weekend, in a Santa Ana wind condition that I probably should NOT have been towing in..(I passed one flipped big rig on the freeway getting to the mountain)

I stayed in the slow lane, dropped my speed to about 25 and turned on my flashers. Unfortunately, on this mountain, the slow lane is directly next to "No Lane". Most of it is a nasty drop of a cliff with no K-Rail to prevent it. Burros are not gliders.

It's broad daylight, I have this giant white building in the lane, clearly visible for miles, yet folks would still barrel up the lane, get right on my backside and then whip around.. there was no one in the fast lane to prevent them from changing lanes earlier. It just seems the way it's "done" here.
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