Since generally I ride solo, I have not been in a situation of being the one to set the pace or lead. Today, however, I was. Consequently, I was also in a position of being the first to spot the road hazards such as potholes, loose gravel, and garbage cans in the bike lane. Having been the recipient of such advanced warning, I know how important hand signals can be. Since the rider is following behind the other, he or she often does not have the ability to see the dangers until it is too late to react appropriately. I took my job seriously and did my best to spot and point out the potential problems.
I was doing pretty well – proud of my contributions to my ride-buddy’s safety when I saw a large object protruding in the road ahead. This was certainly the largest and most dangerous issue to date. I pointed down as I approached.
When I got close enough to identify it, I laughed at myself. It was none other than an oversized leaf. Hazardous indeed. WATCH OUT!