I notice a lot of people, including myself, talking about how we will ride slower on a road that we don't know. I would have to assume that this is brought on by the fact that we can't see through every corner so we go slower to allow for surprises like a blind hard decreasing radius turn, or an unannounced stop sign just around the bend. Well last week I was riding a road that I am very familiar with and can just about ride with my eyes closed. It has a lot of elevation changes so you are blind coming over the crests of hills leading into corners. As I was briskly riding along this road I crested a hill and found a pickup truck stopped in my lane at a spot where there is no drive-way or side street. There is absolutely no reason whatsoever to be stopped there. At this point the throttle was firmly against the stop in fourth gear at about 7000RPM and climbing (you do the math). The truck wasn't immediately in front of me or I would be dead. I had a reasonable amount of room to maneouver but not nearly enough room to stop. So I slowed as much as I could and moved into the oncoming lane which was clear and went around him yelling and waving like a lunatic. So I got to thinking that the reason we ride harder on roads we "know" is because we think we know what is around the corner and can anticipate the road and therefore go faster. We always say "you never know what is around the bend, or over the hill" but it seems we consistently anticipate roads we know and turn up the pace. I'm not sure what my point is other than at times it would appear that we are kidding ourselves if we think we can ever "know" a road. And I think that is obvious to anyone that rides with any common sense. But the evidence suggests that maybe we think otherwise.