I was about halfway home on my bicycle on Tuesday evening when, waiting behind two cars at a stoplight, I was rear-ended by another car! I had no idea what was happening at first! I just remember being crashed into from behind and sort of gasping and flailing before I instinctively somehow braced from falling. Then I whirled around to see this guy's front end smooshed into my back tire.
Of course, my instinct was to yell, "What the hell are you doing?" The guy, in his defense, did look rather shocked and said "I didn't see you at all!" Seems impossible, right?!? But we were traveling westbound at around 6:15 p.m., and the sun actually was incredibly bright.
Sigh. So I am more sore now on day 2 than I was yesterday, the next day, but miraculously and thankfully, I am not at all seriously injured. It did, however, ramp up my already chronic back pain and perhaps set off a bit of a fibro flare. Still, I am thankful. Obviously, it could have been SO much worse!
Also, my beloved Specialized fared surprisingly well! I thought for sure it was wrecked at first, and I was just devastated...again. (Some of you will recall my Giant was crushed in the street by some psycho about two years ago!) But the frame is intact, and my wonderful husband brought it to our local bike shop while I was at work yesterday, and they are replacing the back wheel and brakes and such that got jammed, for a very reasonable price. (Thanks so much to Owen and Clare at Blue City! You guys rock and we're so glad to have you in the 'hood!)
So far the driver is being very cooperative. He said he'll pay for my bike repairs, he was apologetic and even offered to give me a ride somewhere. I declined of course LOL and instead took all the groceries I'd just bought out of my pannier bags and jumped on a bus. Hopefully he'll follow through without it having to get all legal and ugly. But again, I'm grateful that, either way, I can fairly easily afford the repairs so I can get back on the road!