Thought I would post some pics of what was just about our first and last purchase for "the farm." http://www.sendpix.com/albums/08012010/fjls0yd2fr/
Pics are not the best, but it was either keep my eyes on the road or risk another potential accident taking them. Gives a decent perspective on the blind spots, stones, skid marks and difficulty making the turn.
Four of us took a four hour ride on the 12th, weather was great in Pa. After seeing everyone else home, I decided to take the long way back on Mountaintop Rd I believe, and put on some more miles.
I've been back on forth on the main road here for twelve years, and I don't recall that I ever took a left, up the steep hill from the northbound lane.
The first two pics posted are going northbound. There was absolutely no one coming when I committed myself to the turn, and had to really slow down due to all the stones at the intersection. By the time we had just started heading up the hill, I smelled rubber and next glanced to see a red sports car sliding sideways towards us. I stayed on the yellow line as he both slide sideways and also went up the hill, missing us by about a foot or so.
I have just over 3k miles riding experience since I started again last Oct, quit after riding about 18 yrs, but never with a pillion. I have been exceptionally careful with a grandmother passenger.
We've both been back to check out the skid marks and try to figure how it almost ended our cycling days. From what I can tell, the other driver was going way too fast, but was fortunate enough to have good reflexes. The vantage point of the pics was taken from a full size van, so I am considerably higher here than sitting on the LT. The other driver was sitting even lower than we were in the sports car.
The stones played a major factor in all of this, having to slow to a crawl to not risk sliding out making the turn too fast.
Thought it was worth posting, just for safety sake.
Surprisingly, I was not startled in the least, I never saw it coming. Once the other driver got past me, they took off like a bat out of hell.
I missed a very large deer in the very first few minutes we took this bike for a test ride, literally by a hair. Had close calls with two more deer in the following three weeks.
This near collision would certainly have done us both in.
Someone must be watching over us.