I was traveling home in unusual weather. I was fighting a headwind.
I had just turned north on FM 1722 away from our airport. I could hear that there was some traffic behind me waiting to clear the sharp turn in the road before overtaking me.
As usual, I paid them no mind. It is, after all, their responsibility to overtake slower traffic in a safe manner and with due care.
The engine pitch changed as they accelerated to overtake me.
I suddenly became alarmed at their behavior. They were passing me on the right!
There is no improved shoulder here, and it is a steep drop off into the ditch. He is overtaking me fast, his engine screaming as he floors it! I can only imagine him losing control and skidding into me!
I glance over my right shoulder to see which way to dodge.
There is no car in the ditch. Or behind me…
As I glanced behind me in alarm, I realize that the “traffic” I heard is a single engine airplane taking off from the airport and climbing over my head!
I had a good chuckle at how my hearing and traffic “bias” fooled me!
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