As I zip up my back-pack, I look up to see an Ellis County Sheriff’s Police cruiser pulls up to me.
I am on the shoulder of Hwy 287, and I am about to continue on my way home. It is dusk and I turn my rear light on as wait to see what this deputy wants to say to me.
“We’ve been receiving a lot of calls that you have been riding on the roadway.”
“Yes” I say; “In the middle of the lane, just like all the other vehicles.”
He says; “No, you have to ride on the shoulder.”
“Are you saying I can’t drive on the roadway?”
“I’m saying you have to drive on the shoulder.”
I tell him; “That would compromise my safety. I am going to drive home on the roadway.”
He says; “Your not listening to me, you have to ride on the shoulder, or I’m going to arrest you.”
I say, “Because that is an unlawful order, and it will compromise my safety, I am going to drive in the lane.”
With that, I check for traffic, mount my bicycle and merge onto the roadway.
Tomorrow, I will tell you what happened on that day.