Really good question, Rouge. I would have said that there are a few roads that I know like the back of my hand but you've made me think. Sure, familiarity is one thing, but I also think that in the back of my mind I'm always hoping to be ready for the un-expected round the next bend or over the next hill. I guess it's what keeps us alive as when the shit hits the fan it's experiance, skill and a lot of luck that can decide the outcome.
Joey Dunlop had to ride the Isle of Mann course by going from one section to the next. This was the way he memorized the whole circut. I guess we do the same but with all the hazzards that are there to trip us up.
Not sure if this makes a whole lot of sense, but as I said, you've got me thinking.
A wee tribute to the King of the roads.