There are 2 main routes from my town into Canterbury. Once you set off on one of these routes there is no interconnection between them, no lateral roads....
This morning as I cycled to work the traffic ground to a halt. Drivers began doing U-turns and heading back.
Car drivers started calling out - "Turn round, you won't get through!"
By this time, turning round would have meant adding around 6 miles to my journey. SCREW THAT!
Then I saw it.
Let me draw you a picture.
The road is narrow - 2 cars can pass with a bit of care, but often lose a mirror if they pass too close.
One side of the road is a hedgerow. Hedgerows are tangles of bushes and small trees that have been there for a few hundred years. Nothing gets through them.
On the other side is a concrete curb and then a grass bank.
What had happened here?
A double-decker bus had been going one way, on the hedgerow side.
Coming the other way was a big UPS truck.
From previous experience, I know that the bus driver would have stopped and let the UPS driver decide what to do. He could have reversed into a farm entrance, but no, he had decided to take the grass bank instead.
He almost made it, but had clearly miscalculated both the height of his own vehicle and the amount that his truck was going to tilt as it went along, 2 wheels on the road, 2 on the bank.
The top of the truck ripped into the side of the bus, leaving them locked together totally blocking the road.
So I walked around the mess, remounted and set off again!
HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! Sometimes it is great to be a cyclist!