We attended a Town Hall meeting tonight (very good meeting!), went to dinner…and then headed home. We had 2 vehicles as Ernie came into town for the meeting. Leaving the resturant, I didn’t make the expected turn coming out of town because I thought I saw smoke. I went to check out the smoke which turned out to be the lights shining on trees in the park. (How dorky did I feel???)
I thought Ernie had made the correct turn and was now ahead of me. The two roads make like 2 sides of a triangle…I was on one, I thought he was on the other. I was set on catching up with him on that dark highway after the roads join. I prefer running behind him so I can see further ahead using his driving lights.
Well…while I was watching the tail lights disappearing in front of me…I met an oncoming vehicle that promptly flipped on flashy lights and made a U turn. Yep, I was nailed by a County Sheriffs Deputy. My heart sank…it’s been years and years since I’d gotten a ticket for anything. While I was sitting on the side of that dark road, Ernie passed me. He pulled off in front of me and called me…the conversation went something like this – him: ” That IS you”, me: “yes”, him: “did he get you for speeding?” me: “yes”. Him: “how fast were you going?” me: “the speedometer showed 82”. Me: “why don’t you go on home, I’m okay” Him: “are you sure? “ Me: “yes, go on home, I’ll see you there”.
I couldn’t believe I was going THAT fast at night on THAT road. I am such a coward at night and usually run under 70 for fear of hitting a deer or a hog…guess I was really zero’d in on what I thought was Ernie’s lights…I didn’t realize he had followed me through town and was behind me or that I was going so fast. That’s kind of scary. I know I”m running tired, but you can bet I drove the rest of the way home at a very sedate speed and paying close attention to my surroundings!
The officer was very nice…and I arrived home with a warning ticket.
Susan ~ Patchkat