Mountain roads really must be taken seriously

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Sheesh. Two tractor trailers have lost it and crashed in two days on one of our most popular bike rides and recreational roads, N.M. 4, just above the Back Gate.
From those pictures in the Los Alamos Monitor, it sure is lucky no one on a bike or motor vehicle was in the way.
It’s also apparently a good idea for a bicyclist to know how to descend that road really fast. Faster than an out-of-control 18-wheeler, at least.
I better stop trying to lose weight. Gravity loves a big guy. Is it my imagination, or have there not always been a few big rigs driving that route?
Is it more than coincidence that both trucks were from the same company (according to the Los Alamos Monitor, BB Transport of Colorado) and both loaded with crushed cars?
Did anyone at that company train its drivers to handle our twisty switchback mountain roads? Colorado’s got mountains, right? Did they check the maps? Drive the course? Check whether their fully-loaded 18-wheeler could even make those awful turns?
We are lucky no one, including those drivers, was hurt or killed. I think the NMDOT better look at this situation before we are not so lucky.
All kidding aside, let’s be careful out there.  Mountain roads must be taken seriously. Especially when driving big, fully loaded commercial vehicles.

Khalil J. Spencer
Los Alamos