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post #1 of 5 Old Oct 26th, 2008, 9:50 am Thread Starter
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Farm Country Hazards

This time of year you begin to notice more gravel in the curves. Finally figured it out, when the farmers are moving their machinery around for harvest they often go off the road in the corners and kick up gravel. It's a real pain, because instead of being able to go into the corners fast you really have to go in slower so you can either: a. accelerate into the corner if there is no gravel; or, b. steer away from the gravel if there is gravel.
Farm machinery in the road -- gotta be very careful about passing. They often don't know you're behind them and may swerve left into a field or driveway. This is a real hazard that has almost cost me dearly more than once.
Other "stuff" in the road -- mud, dirt, manuer, etc, left by machinery.
So far, the big girl has handled her encounters with gravel fairly well,,,a few skids here and there and sometimes, with smaller gravel, just the puckering feeling of going over small bumps. But, there's always the chance for a high side accident if you hit the gravel too hard.
Oh for smooth roads, hard curves, and no deer. Where do you go to find that combination reliably??

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Re: Farm Country Hazards

In some areas around here you also need to be on the lookout for Amish buggies, and the spent "fuel" deposits left by the buggy "engine".

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The trouble around here is the roadside mowing. They do it late so it will last all winter and they throw grass clippings and trash onto he road and often drag up piles of gravel when going around signposts and reflectors. It takes a while for it to be blown off the road. Makes riding around the lake a little hairy..........

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Re: Farm Country Hazards

The Yakima Valley, east of the Cascades makes for some beautiful riding with the many winery's, especially during the "crush" in September. One caution though, the DOT uses crushed basalt on the gravel roads in the area. Crushed basalt is black in color and it's very easy to turn from a blacktop road to gravel and not realize it because the gravel looks like pavement. Ask me how I know....

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Oh for smooth roads, hard curves, and no deer. Where do you go to find that combination reliably??
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