I would like to personally and publicly thank the individual who decided it was necessary to throw and hit me in the back with a full plastic water bottle from the passenger seat of a truck while I was on the side of Blue Ridge Road in Black Mountain on Good Friday afternoon, trying to fix my broken bicycle. I was off the road, three miles from my house, and was not in anyone's way.
I also wanted to let you know that it's a good thing I didn't get your license-plate number because I could have had you charged with assault and battery, as I had a witness who had just pulled up to generously offer me assistance. I suppose I should be glad it was only a full plastic water bottle and not a shotgun.
It's such a shame that hostile people like you live in this area, and it’s too bad you have such an immature attitude toward cyclists, because whether you like it or not, we're here to stay.
Happy Strive Not to Drive week!
— Melanie Ross