Coffypot left a comment on the blog that triggered a few memories.
If you travel US 287 from Colorado to Texas you will drive about 48 miles in Oklahoma. One day I’m heading South and an Oklahoma trooper passed me Northbound. In my mirror saw him turn around. Shit! At the next wide spot I pulled over. It was me he wanted to talk to. He had me walk back to his cruiser and get in the front passenger seat (to insure the audio/video had the best chance to record everything although the trooper didn’t mention any of that). When in that situation truth can be your friend.
“How fast were you going?”
“I don’t know, I wasn’t paying attention to my speedometer”.
After a few more minutes of chit chat, He said. “Mr. White, it is only eight miles to the Texas line. Do you think you can stay within the limit for eight miles?”
“Yes Officer, I believe I can”. So, on my way with no ticket.
At the time I was driving a green Ford Escort Wagon with numerous dents, bins full of sales material (rear seat removed) and commercial grade red/silver reflective tape on the rear bumper. Noticeable, it was.
Two weeks later I was going from Texas to Colorado on US 287 and stopped in Boise City to use the sanitary facilities and get some coffee. Upon returning to my car I heard someone call my name.
“Mr. White, I am very pleased to see you obeying the speed limit in Oklahoma”.
“Officer, I didn’t see you’.
“We’re sneaky that way”.
To this day I’m very careful on US 287 in Oklahoma.
(That picture of the Escort was taken where CO, WY, and NE meet at Tri Corners)