Dan Price (thwack) wrote,
Dan Price

Welcome to Nebraska

When it comes to tailgating, I'm the one who gets tense when Jamie is driving too close to the car in front of her.  Which makes it all the more ironic that as I drove the first few minutes into Nebraska, I got pulled over for following the car in front of me too closely.  I actually think the officer was looking for someone else, or at least was looking for a reason to pull over a car with out-of-state plates, thinking maybe he'd catch some fugitives or something?  Anyway, he let me go with a warning, but not before asking me to meet him behind my car to "go over my paperwork", which made me feel a little nervous and vulnerable.  Turned out to be a friendly conversation about my trip to Idaho, which itself was probably a cover for screening me for anything suspicious or incriminating.

As for what actually happened on the road, it was a 5-lane section of I-80 just as it enters Nebraska, I was in the 2nd lane from the left, as were a car in front of me and an 18-wheeler in front of it.  The left lane was totally empty.  In the left shoulder, a patrol car was parked, observing traffic.  Apparently when everyone in my lane saw that, they all gradually slowed down.  The effect of that is we all got bunched up closer to each other, and while that happened, normally I would prefer to switch lanes and maintain my momentum rather than hitting the breaks and starting a chain-reaction slow spot.  However, since the cop was there, I hesitated to do anything that might be seen as aggressive driving, so I just stayed behind the car and truck, too close for my comfort, which is what the cop saw and used that to pull me over.

Anyway, now I'm in Idaho, but there's a LOT more to write... more later...
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