I haven’t posted one of these in a while, and spending 6 hours or so on the bike every day gives plenty of time for those observations.
After nearly 3000 miles, I can safely assert that if all the debris that is laying actually ON the shoulder of the road were collected, it would fill 10 semi dump trucks. NO estimate as to how many trucks it would take to collect the debris and trash in the roadside ditches. The single biggest item by weight and volume would be tires and parts of tires, the spawning grounds for bicycle flat tires.
The laws of probability are called “laws” because they can be demonstrated and proven. They don’t all work out here on the road, however. I can ride for 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 20 minutes and not meet an oncoming vehicle. As soon as I see one, I pull clear to the right, as far as I can, because the upset laws of probability will put a passing vehicle right next to me at the EXACT same moment that oncoming vehicle is in the opposite lane. WAY more often than those laws of probability say that it should happen.
Samey, same thing for where ever it is I have to go pee. In the precise “middle of nowhere” with hours of vehicle-less riding ; pull off the road and BINGO! here comes the traffic.
The “top of the line” 40-50 foot motor homes pulling a Lexus (or equivalent) will be displaying either a Hillary or Obama sticker. A 25-35 foot goose neck camper being towed by a big ol’ Chevy Dually will be displaying a Trump sticker. A Jeep towing bicycles or kayaks generally goes Hillary, but not as consistently as the Super Rigs. A high riding 4 wheel drive towing any manner of off-road ATV is a slam dunk for Trump bumper papers. Trucks/SUV’s pulling fishing boats are really ambivalent, no real preference either way.
Professional truck drivers are better at giving me my “safe space” than almost any RV rig. A car with a single female in it is the worst. They seem to think that center line has fatal high voltage in it if they cross over to the other lane to pass a bicycle on the shoulder.
A single motorcycle rider is much more likely to give me a wave than a pack of them.
In the desert, there is very little wind in the morning hours, but will always pick up by 2 pm. And it will be in your face. Doesn’t matter which way you’re riding. It’s part of the ride and the ride is good.