While traveling to one of our favorite destinations last summer (about 5-6 hours from home) my wife and I experienced what I will call an “incident”.
Our preferred vehicle for road trips where it is just the two of us is an older, kinda flashy car. Comfortable, roomy, well handling and powerful. Sometimes it attracts more attention than I like but it is an excellent “road car”.
This trip we decided rural highways at a leisurely pace while enjoying the scenery.
Traffic was sparse, mostly what were certain to be locals. Relaxing drive until we approached an intersection where (no stop sign) two highways forked and branched off. Sitting at this intersection, in the lane of traffic we were traveling was an older Hyundai Santa Fe.
Me, figuring it was an elderly and confused driver, stopped at a few car lengths distance behind and waited patiently for them to adjust their mental compass and choose a direction. While sitting there I see the reverse lights come on and the Hyundai starts backing up, stops and pulls forward a few yards. Well we think this verifies a confused elderly driver while still waiting patiently. Again reverse lights and backs even further than before, close enough for me to see the persons face driving in his rearview mirror as I start backing away. A man 40-50 years of age. Thankfully this being a road less traveled we were the only two cars involved. Again he pulls forward and again reverse lights.
At this point I can now see that this is not a person confused in their navigational skills, and that this behavior is intentional. As the Hyundai yet again closes distance my choice is not to be backed down a two lane highway but instead to drive around giving the Hyundai driver a wide berth. Having done so and pulling some distance I am now watching my rearview after we crest a rise in the road…sure enough he is coming.
Now on our road trips there are at least two handguns present. One on me and one in the door pocket next to momma. I tell momma “He’s coming. Get it ou…” “I have had it in my lap since this started. You just drive!” she says.
I stay at a reasonable speed as he closes and then flies past us and immediately slows.
Let me just say here that driving is kind of a hobby to me and driving, ahem, “spiritedly” is my favorite part of this hobby. Being as such I was truly confident in my ability to out maneuver this idiot in a Hyundai who obviously had some sort of mental break happening as we arrived at that intersection.
Long story made shorter, we ended up clear of the situation and most important of all safe.
I now know for certain that in this type situation that momma under stress can and will act. You do not know how much of a relief just knowing that really means to me. Momma is a quiet, loving and timid soul. Knowing that she has the “switch” is comforting.
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