Close call - man against nature

Discussion in 'General OFF TOPIC' started by sanec1, Oct 9, 2010.

  1. sanec1

    sanec1 Active Member

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    This summer I had two close calls with wildlife. One in a small rental car involved a few deer that wandered out onto the highway. I reacted quickly and swerved around one and quickly got back on my side of the road. I couldn't help but wonder how I would have reacted on the bike. I do lots of riding at night on the backroads and will be more cautious in the future.

    The second incident was not a happy ending. I was returning home at night after a nice bbq dinner and a fat Cuban cigar. It was a cool night and I wasn't in a hurry. There aren't many riding days left and it was a pleasure to enjoy the fresh air. The county road runs straight into my neighborhood and is arrow straight. Normally the bike would be running at 75 mph. Cruising along at 50 a big dog appeared, walking from the left side towards the centre of the road. There was no time to react at all. The dogs head impacted against the left crash bar. The Road King didn't hesitate or get moved off its line. I live 5 minutes from where it happened. I rode home and after a few minutes jumped in the car and went back. There was a gentleman standing at the side of the road after the third pass in the car. I stopped and explained I was looking for the owner of the dog I hit on my motorcycle. He said "the dogs dead". He asked what happened and I explained.

    Moral of the story- expect the unexpected, ride to survive

    I'm sorry the dog died, but it could have been me just as easily.
     
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2010
  2. kemo

    kemo R.I.P

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    Glad to hear that you are OK Chris. Sorry to hear about the dog.
    Ken
     
  3. Iceman24

    Iceman24 Well-Known Member

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    Creatures are definitely abundant - ran across a heard of deer on way home from HS football game last night. Gotta always be on high alert...
     
  4. sprinklerfitter669

    sprinklerfitter669 Junior Member

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    Glad to hear you are OK.
     
  5. HDDon

    HDDon Experienced Member Contributor Retired Moderators

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    Glad your OK. Responsible owners keep their animals out of harms way. Still, sorry for the dog. Last weekend with my wife riding her trike behind me I had one of the biggest thrills on a bike. On the back country road that connects our town to the rest of the world an eagle, yes big, mature bald eagle, come out of the woods and when he saw he was going to hit me he flared is wings. His right wing was right at my windshield and his left wing hit me on top of the head. The thrilling part was the view I got of the talons that just missed my right arm. My wife thought it was going to land on me. 2 or 3 second encounter burned into my memory forever. Careful out there