Learning to Fly
- Jun 10, 2020
- Reaction score
- NW Louisiana
I was traveling west on I-20 on Independence Day. I had several rabbits ahead of me, and with about 1/2 mile between us, we were going +20 PSL. Armed with Waze and my R7, we felt comfortable with our situation until we got into the Monroe, LA area. Driving through the city made me feel a little anxious, but I didn't want to get separated from the group ahead of me. As we were approaching an on-ramp on the outskirts of West Monroe, my R7 gave its lowest Ka warning (34.608 I think). I immediately hit my brakes and said, "That's trouble." As I slowly drove beyond the on-ramp, a LA State trooper eased in some distance behind me. So now my alert is at full blast, and I'm as nervous as a middle school student being sent to the principal's office. A few moments later, the trooper passed me and continued ahead for maybe another 15 miles where he go off of the interstate. The rabbits never knew he was behind them, and the trooper never knew the group of speeders was in front of him. That group was well beyond the hill seen at the top of the attached photo. I was stuck going 70 mph, but I didn't get a ticket thanks to the R7.
My point of telling this story is to let other newbies know the dangers of on-ramps. I know this sentiment has been told before in countless other posts, but I think we all need a reminder from time to time. The trooper was just patrolling with his radar turned on, but I was in the wrong place at the wrong time. My countermeasures and my situational awareness let me get by without a ticket!