I really can’t help myself. When I wake and see fog outside all I can think of is feed the dogs and get the hell on the road. The pull of that magic atmosphere is strong despite the obvious risks. Like riding in the snow, I sometimes hesitate posting because I don’t want to suggest you ride in the fog. Or any other adverse weather condition. While it’s something I’m prepared to deal with and accept the additional risk, it is not something for every rider in every location.
Still, I make the choice to ride my Vespa in fog on three consecutive mornings. This day the fog was particularly dense in places with both visor and glasses fogging up making it hard for me to see and for others to see me. Normally I ride with earplugs to cut down on noise but went without them so I could more readily hear approaching vehicles. This is particularly important when you’re wandering around the road taking pictures. I would consider it a monumental failure to be hit by a car while using a camera.
Fog reduces the world to basic elements of line and shape as it obscures details. While it came make for interesting photographs it can make navigation and visibility a challenge. There have only been a few times I deemed it too dangerous to ride. This morning came close, mainly because of the increased traffic due to a Penn State Football game played later in the day. But traffic remained light to non-existent on these small rural roads.
Traffic along USS 322 east of Boalsburg, Pennsylvania was brisk. Parked along the road I tried to make sure I was appreciating the magnitude of each vehicle as it passed. No matter the healthy respect I give them it’s impossible to divine the skill or attention level of the drivers. As I think about self-driving cars they may be a boon for for motorcycle riders everywhere. Unless in the collective celebration society deems motorcycles and scooters unacceptably dangerous and ban them from the highway. In our risk adverse country it does surprise me that there aren’t more restrictions.
For now, fog strips away a lot of the visual noise and leaves behind a simple stew of the things that make up the road.