LT can weave in a battle zone
Well, I had a very interesting ride to work today. I was going down the highway doing about 70. I was about 2 sec behind a Ram pick up truck when all of the sudden I heard a big bag, saw smoke and the back of the pick up truck jump into the air. At that point plastic and other stuff started flying at me. Some of the objects are running down the road, others are flying at about head level.
What to do, what to do goes through my brain. The truck is pulling over to the right, I have a big object flying at me to the left. I stay in the lane and weave through the debris field. As I get through that I notice something about 3-4 feet long spinning end over end coming down at me from about 30 feet in the air. Speed up, slow down move to the right or move to the left, well I stay at my speed and move to the left lane and hope the car I had seen in that lane a few seconds ago is far enough behind me so I don't get run over or hit it in the side. I am to busy keeping on eye on the falling object to look. Got to go for it I guess or get hit by this object.
I move to the left lane and the object comes down 2-3 feet to the right and back of me. I guess I made the right decision. I felt like a ball player trying to avoid the ball. I don't see anymore stuff coming at me so I take a quick look at the truck and I can see the rear tail light hanging out by the wires and some more smoke coming from under the truck as he is pulling over. Not much chance to see anything else because by that time I am by the truck and now thinking how do I keep from filling my pants and keeping the bike up when I get off the highway in about a mile or should I pull over and see if the guy is OK, which he looks OK from what I can see when I go by. I decide to keep going and get off the highway. It is rush hour and lots of help behind me. (Coming into Rochester, MN the home of the Mayo clinic about every other car is a nurse or doctor) I then got off the road and found that my heart was racing and I was almost ready to park the bike and walk but I said to myself, I made it through ok and don't get so worked up. Go to work and treat it as another day of life.
So what did I learn?
-Stay far enough behind other cars,
-Keep your cool,
-know where everyone else is around you
-always have an exit strategy
-keep watching for stuff even though you think your through the debris field
-and the most important item is to squeeze your butt cheeks together to keep from filling your pants.
Great White North
Canyon Red 2000
You have to grow up to have a mid-life crisis!!!!!
I could play with women or with cars, I find cars are cheaper and you can write a book about cars a guy would understand.