I've often been able to help others, and have twice been on the receiving end, and very grateful for it.
It’s normal to acknowledge people and talk to strangers. People do it all the time and when they come across people like you who obviously don’t respond to weird people then we go away thinking he’s weird.
Indeed, a month or so back I was loaded up with panniers, tent and kit, toiling my way up a long hill and had paused for a rest--a roadie came up along the same stretch of road and stopped and asked if I was ok, I was and replied 'all well thanks', but he said he needed a rest too and we had a chat as we admired the view.
: - )Traction_man wrote: ↑23 Sep 2021, 6:13pmThe chap was friendly and recounted his own fatigue tales, and how he also had been cheered along once by a fellow cyclist when he too had got tired legs homeward bound--so off we went up and over the hill and down the other side, parting ways at the bottom.
A bit of moral support goes a long way and one day I'll repay my debt to the kind roadie and return the favour to a fatigued cyclist weighed down and weary on the road...
As you say yourself cities are different.Paulatic wrote: ↑23 Sep 2021, 5:47pmIt’s normal to acknowledge people and talk to strangers. People do it all the time and when they come across people like you who obviously don’t respond to weird people then we go away thinking he’s weird.
OK you’re probably a city dweller and on my rare visits to heavily populated areas I don’t acknowledge everyone either.
Haven't I said this already?
I was responding to, and agreeing with, Paulatic.Mick F wrote:Haven't I said this already?
Read my posts.
Just coz you're in a city normally, and then come out of it and you find people saying Hello, doesn't mean you ignore them.
It's you who are weird and alien, and not them.