It’s a bit of a pain when it’s windy.
Did you know the Costa del Sol used to be called the Costa del Viento before some marketing person got their hands on tourism?
Or so I read in a book in the days before broadband access. And for anyone who doesn’t speak Spanish – that’s sunny coast, and windy coast.
It’s normally always sunny, even when it’s windy. But when it’s windy most Spaniards stay inside. So do the rest of us, especially if we wear contact lenses.
Anyway, if you find that miracle window of opportunity, you can get out on the bike when there is a nice breeze, rather than a full gale blowing dust devils in your face.
And normally the motorists are ok too. Especially as they now have to leave a two metre gap when they go past a cyclist.
Of course in my village they don’t know that. That’s because half of them don’t read, don’t have a driving licence, don’t have insurance, so certainly have no idea the law has changed.
Fortunately, because of all of the above, they don’t drive fast either.
I cycled down the street to the crossroads and followed a car left onto the main road through the village. As usual there was some typical Spanish delay, so there was suddenly a three-car traffic jam.
There was nothing coming the other way so I indicated to turn left and started overtaking them. One of the motorists also twigged there was nothing coming the other way, so he did the same thing (although he wasn’t turning left). Without indicating. Into exactly the same path I was taking.
Had this guy not seen me? Despite the fact that he was driving down the main street and I had pulled out behind him when everything was clear? Do cyclists not exist?
For all I know his eyesight may well be poor. People round here don’t buy glasses lightly. My neighbour uses her husband’s glasses when she wants to sew. Obviously not for reading because she can’t. This guy may not even know how bad his eyesight is. Or his driving.
Sometimes assertive cycling means getting out of the way. And taking slight consolation in shouting helpful suggestions in loud English at blind motorists.