Monday, 18 February 2013
This road was being prepared for a new "seal"...tar and chippings...often the surface is scraped off and chewed up and "graded" with a layer of chippings, which the traffic helps to compact before it is sealed. This was obviously a quick fix!!
However as I found, not all of these fellows observe the limits on fresh seal....
A few k further on across the ashfield my windscreen on the van was hit by a chip thrown up by a speeding lorry. You could feel the whole screen move and I don't know how it didn't crack or shatter.
This isn't a road I'd take when cycling as I try and avoid most State Highways.
Newer ones do have a shoulder a metre or more wide, but this is unpredictable.
Even then the trucks do suck you in towards them. The shoulder is also used when you are being overtaken in a car...you move over to make it easier for the overtaker.
Bridges generally don't have any shoulder so the road narrows on most bridges.
There is no fence at the side of the ditch and it seems that it is your responsibility not to fall in it!! If there is a fence, it WILL be an electric fence as cattle are set to graze the verges....and it WILL be turned on!!
I think it is really the attitude of self reliance and looking after yourself.
UK "Health and Safety" would have nightmares here!! -Perhaps H&S have gone too far and people expect too much to be done for them? I don't know.