And probably rightfully so. I was coming back from shopping in Rochester, MN, about 45 miles from my hometown. Half the route is rural 2-lane road; the land is rolling with lots of trees. I came upon a slow-moving van and when a stretch with no on-coming cars presented itself, I passed. As I pulled just ahead of the van, a motorcycle suddenly poppped - seemingly - out of the trees and was forced to the shoulder to avoid me. As the motorcyclist went by, he gave me the single finger salute. I was embarrassed as all get out. The motorcyclist had his headlight on, as required by state law, but otherwise blended perfectly into the background. He wasn't wearing a helmet, which might have made him easier to see. Neither I nor my mother, who was the purpose of the trip, saw the cycle until it was almost on us. Yikes! I am certainly glad he had good reactions and didn't panic and didn't slip off the shoulder which wasn't very wide. I wished I could have apologized but probably it was a good thing that I couldn't because I'll bet he would have had a few choice words for me. What the motorcyclist should have done is slowed to allow me time to return to my lane, which is what I've done many times. But that doesn't excuse me. So now I feel a little queasy. I will be looking extra hard when I pass from now on.