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Police Encounter

(This Really Has To Stop)

Excerpts from Kristy:
Police EncounterNote to all chicks in a car: you will at some point in your life be pulled over by the police, simply because you are two chicks in a car. I've heard about it, I've read about it and now, I've experienced it.

Driving from our hotel in Monte Vista desperately in search of a coffee shop (so I could dislodge the toothpicks holding my eyes open) a policeman pulls up behind us with lights flashing. In my blurry morning fog in the passenger seat, I didn't even notice.

I heard Beth mutter, "Uh - we're being pulled over."

To which I replied the obvious, "Why? Were we speeding?"

"I don't think so," she said.

So there we sit and up saunters the policeman who asks, "Do you know why I pulled you over?"

At this point, I'm glad of two things. First that I'm not driving, because I haven't eaten yet and I'm feeling very snappy. And second, well, see the first statement I just made, I felt like saying, "Just get to the point, so I can get to my tea already!" (Note to all potential people traveling with Roadchix: Roadchick K is not a morning person.)

"You were following too closely," reveals our policeman.

Now, my eyebrows are raising and "We're not in the city anymore girls" is running through my brain.

He wants Beth's license and the car registration. Tearing out of the Rental Car Lot two days earlier any paperwork we received has either been tossed in the backseat or is most likely buried under a pile of maps, guidebooks, directions, brochures, bags and discarded clothing items.

"Uh, it's a rental car," says Beth, "We have to look for the registration."

Meanwhile, I'm fruitlessly searching everywhere for any sort of paperwork in my bookbag, the glove box, the side pockets, the floor, the backseat, everywhere. Needle in a haystack would actually sum up the situation.

"Did you look in the glovebox?" queries Beth.

"Yes, no go," I reply.

"Did you look in the glovebox?" asks the officer.

"Yes, it's not there," I answer again.

"How about the side pocket?" asks Beth.

"Nope, not there either," I reply.

"Side pocket?" asks the policeman.

I wanted to roll my eyes. I felt as though I was in a Marx Brothers film. And for the life of me, I couldn't remember Advantage handing me anything other than a receipt and a piece of paper detailing any scratches on the car. Not to mention that we had temporary tags that ran out in a few days.

Finally, locating the receipt in the bottom of my bookbag, I hand this to Beth and say that's about all we have. I suppose I should mention that I neglected to put Beth on the rental car policy, something that I will never do again. So I am starting to get a little nervous. Fines from the rental car agency and a ticket are bouncing through my head. Coupled with, "This is ridiculous and I'm starving!"

Resigning myself to a night in jail, I pull out a Power Bar, slump down in my seat and wait for the policeman to process whatever it is he wants to process in his car.

After a few minutes Beth says, "You can't see this, but he's just sitting in his car, doing absolutely nothing."

"What do you mean, absolutely nothing?" I ask, "He has to be doing something like checking our license plate or calling the station."

"Nope, he's just sitting there," Beth replies. At which point, he again strolls back up to the car. "Don't follow so closely girls," he says. "Ok," says Beth.

End of story.

End of story, you think? That's a pretty big letdown. No Roadchix in the Slammer stories? Sorry to disappoint, but Roadchix don't want to be in the cage. The closest we ever hope to get is our stop at the Colorado Territorial Prison Museum.

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