Tuesday 06 January 2009

Look right, it must be white

posted by Paul
CyclistsIn yesterday's post I asked a question about the direction in which I was taking the photo. Trust an engineer to work it out first - although I guess it would be fair to mention that Duncan knows this particular road pretty well. :)

So yes to all of you who agreed; from this shot (taken a little further on) you can easily deduce that yesterday's photo was indeed taken in reverse. While the reason Duncan gave was correct, it's not the reason I was probing for - read on.

South Africa has a few large roads that carry traffic in one direction only. If the line on the road (in yesterday's photo) were white then this road would be one of these roads (carrying traffic in one direction only) and I would have been taking the photos facing forwards.

If you're ever driving in South Africa and find that darkness or fog prevents you from seeing too much, take note of the solid lines on the left and right of your vehicle - left should be yellow, right should be white... if that's not the case, pull off the road really fast!

Surprisingly, this does happen - I once experienced two such incidents in a single day. Leave a message if you're interested in reading the story and I'll add it as a comment.


OpenID Duncan Drennan said...

Now you've got me thinking....where Sir Lowry's pass begins (on the way to Cape Town, just past the Hermanus turn off) the road splits into two for a while, only carrying traffic in a single direction with two lanes. Is there a white line on the right hand side of that part of the road?

I still preferred the idea of you crossing over two lanes and taking a photo out the driver side at high speed while avoiding oncoming traffic....

07 January 2009 12:10 PM  
Blogger Abraham Lincoln said...

Nice photograph. I like the idea of bikes sharing the road with traffic.

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07 January 2009 4:47 PM  
Blogger Paul said...

@Duncan: Yes, that's one of the stretches of road I was thinking of. If memory serves me correctly it certainly does have a white line on the right. Check it next time you drive that way though... and if it's yellow, get off the road, wake Donne up, and put in those contact lenses. :P

I do agree - overtaking while shooting photos sounds far more exciting - perhaps I should have stuck with that story. :)

07 January 2009 6:15 PM  

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