During the whole trip, 18 days, and riding over 9,200 miles I had two encounters with police.
1st encounter, Michigan.
I left early in the morning and just started my iron butt challenge. I was in a hurry and didn’t notice the oncoming police car. When I noticed him, it was too late. I see behind me he makes a U-turn, turns on his Christmas lights and starts chasing me. He politely asks me "Can you tell me why you were going 83 in a 55? Your license, registration and insurance”.
After seeing my NJ license plate perhaps curiosity got the best of him and he asked:
- Where you going?
- Yes, I mean no. I’m meeting my son in Calgary and we’ll ride 2 up to Vancouver and then California.
- Together? On one bike?
We started talking for 5 minutes or so. I know the common rumor that the longer you talk to a cop the less likely he is to give you a ticket. After that he said, let me see you license anyway and I will check it. After a few minutes he returned and said "Usually I don’t give any breaks for such speeding" but after a few seconds of silence he handed me back my license and said "Have a nice day, ride carefully".
That was Michigan’s hospitality.
2nd encounter, California.
One day prior to Death Valley. I stopped in Lone Pine, a village of 20 huts, where there’s nothing going on. I left for a restaurant in the evening a half mile down the road. In my mirrors I see the same Christmas lights. A young officer, proud that he pulled over a criminal, stated he pulled me over because I was without a helmet.
- And this is the reason you moved your ass to stop me? What about your unfinished donuts? – this is what went through my head but actually said:
- And you will give me a ticket for this?
- Of course, you broke the law!
Oh man, after such a heinous violation I wanted to hang myself.
- Don’t worry he told me, you have a CDL license and won’t get any points, just the fine.
If it’s only a fine then so be it. I’m blown away by the $200 fine and wonder where they come up with the numbers. Well this broke state does need all the financial help it can get.
This was California’s hospitality.
Everything is sweetened by risk
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freefallen screwed with this post 10-27-2012 at 10:25 PM