The vast majority of motorists are very considerate of bicyclists. They are attentive and either slow down or give a wide berth. The rare person however, is aggressive and hostile. They try to intimidate and frighten the cyclist. They interact with a deep anger displaced to the vulnerable cyclist. The genesis of their hostility is unknown; perhaps they are frustrated in their jobs, unloved by their mothers, or are unsuccessful in bed. We encounter these people in other aspects of our lives. It would be best to remind ourselves that these difficult people are injured in some way, and to treat them with a degree of consideration and tolerance. While turn the other cheek is a good axiom, on a bike it takes some effort to resist giving them the finger.
I said goodbye to Jon and Cindy and began the ride to El Paso with a group of Las Cruces riders from a bike hang out called "The Bean". Blessed by a tailwind, I was in El Paso for lunch. I did a TV and newspaper interview in the afternoon before joining the El Paso bike Club for a light evening ride. Pizza and beer to follow. Randy, a local biker, put me up for the night. I am feeling strong and injuries are abating.