Over the past few days, if I've wished it once, I've wished a hundred times that I had gone back and taken a photo of the site where I went off the bike last Thursday morning in Fresnay-sur-Sarthe.
Did I just get distracted and tired, fall asleep at the switch for a minute, or was it really a treacherous site?
Today, I thought I would try to pinpoint the spot using Google Maps and, surprise, surprise, there is actually a "street view" photo of the very site.
The obstacle that I hit felt like a "low curb" stretching out directly into the street for some unknown reason ... and it was.
You can see it just past the pedestrian walkway, after the "Renault Agence LaLouette" storefront and before the Funeraires (grave tombs) shop on the right hand side. There really is no warning, a sudden end to a lane (which is really a series of parking spaces -- marked only by the yellow line that was not visible at night), an odd sharp protrusion that is difficult to see even in daylight. I really did go over it, blow out both tires, go sliding onto the lighter stone area past the crosswalk that marked the right edge of the street ... and beyond that, to come to rest at one of the set of marble gravestones. How appropriate a resting place!
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Of course, fatigue and darkness had a role in this, but at least I can stop wondering if I imagined it.
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