Twenty years ago, my cross-country coach warned us to carry golf balls with us as we ran. His reasoning? We should carry them in case we needed to throw them at "jealous rednecks" (his terminology) who wouldn't give us enough space on the road to run.
I thought Kokomo was a "civilized" area, but there did seem to be plenty of the "jealous redneck" type who would even swerve at runners (and certainly not give any space for running, even on the shoulder). Gahanna wasn't any better. In fact, I would say that Gahanna was even worse. I was routinely forced off the road by "jealous rednecks" as I ran along. I always looked for areas with sidewalks for running, and even on my road, which had a posted speed limit of 25 (and was regularly patrolled), I was not safe.
Now that I live in a rural area where there are plenty of people who even identify themselves as "rednecks" I wondered about how they would treat a runner, but I needn't have. Drivers cross the center line to give me space. They slow down if they can't give me room. Today I heard someone yelling, "Faster!" and when I turned and looked, he gave a big, full-arm wave.
It makes me wonder which area has all the "rednecks" in it.