Safety before pleasantries

In reply to Mark Muhlenfeld's June 19 letter, “Next Time, Try Waving”: I've been riding motorcycles for 50 years. My experience has taught me that the motorcyclists who live longest keep both hands on the handlebars.

I've been cruising the Blue Ridge Parkway and seen oncoming motorcycle riders, going through one of the tight twisties, take their hand off of the controls to give me the wave. I don't wave back and it's not because I don't like your ride — it's because I like my life better.

Here in Western North Carolina, which is motorcycle Mecca, I'd be waving so much that I might start flapping my wings and flying off like a bird.

I do agree with stopping to help a biker along side the road. And I am working on shutting off that turn signal.

— Dennis Corvin-Blackburn

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