Today a funeral procession passed me while riding my bike. I don't think that has ever happened before. It was on a curvy and hilly stretch of road, so I decided to pull over and allow the procession to pass without fanfare or incident. I did it out of courtesy and respect for the deceased and for the motorists in the procession. After thinking about it some more, I realized that it was also a really smart thing to do for purposes of self-preservation.
Judging by my own experiences, motorists in funeral processions are often unfamiliar with the roads on which they are driving and are anxious to not get "dropped" by the procession in front of them. That combination of factors seems to be a perfect scenario for someone to pass a cyclist in some unsafe or dangerous way. Throw in some oncoming traffic and you may end up with a pretty bad scene.
I think that I will have a "pull over for funeral processions" policy from now on. It's probably the safest thing to do, and it makes me look like an honorable and upstanding model citizen. Which, of course, I am. (Insert laughter here.)