Re: Right Of Way Etiquette

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Posted by RiverRat on July 02, 2002 at 15:03:20:

In Reply to: Right Of Way Etiquette posted by newbie to 4x4 on July 02, 2002 at 13:08:45:

Where I'm from, the person closest to the wide spot backs up, be it uphill or downhill. I have seen "flatlanders" freeze on canyon roads, where the closest wide spot is 50 foot behind them, insisting on the uphill right-of-way, where the closest uphill wide spot is 1/4 mile of 30% grade behind a string of river trip trucks trying to make put-in before the passengers arrive.

I understand this "rule" dates back to the freight waggon days, where the teamster heading uphill needed to keep the uphill monumentum. That is why the teams wore bells (so they could hear each other). If the downhill teamster made the uphill one stop, then he lost his team bells.

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