We were thundering down a semi-rural road on our weekly ride. The road was deserted, for a change no cars or trucks were on hand to buzz us.
Off in the distance, we saw a bicyclist turn to cross the road at a right angle. Although the road was empty, traffic does travel fast: 55-60 mph, and sometimes faster. It’s a two-land road with no shoulder. We thought the cyclist was putting herself in some danger.
But she got to the opposite side of the road, and as we got closer, we could see she had taken out her phone, and was using it to take a picture of something.
Just before we pulled even with her, she put the phone away, got back on the bike, and started pedaling in the same direction as we were going — without checking to see if any traffic was coming up behind her. (We were — she never knew we were there, until we passed.)
“Not only that, but did you notice she had both earbuds in her ears?” asked Maggie from behind me.
“Yeah,” I answered. “Earbuds, and no check on traffic before getting back on the road.”
Maggie smirked. “She’s making it easy for natural selection to weed out the stupid ones.”