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post #1 of 11 Old May 21st, 2013, 10:44 pm Thread Starter
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Close call today

I live in Bend, Oregon and was heading over the Cascade Mountains (Santiam Pass) this afternoon hoping to get back into Willamette Valley before bad weather set in for the next week. Left sunny Bend with the temperature at 56 degrees. The pass, 40 miles away, was 34 degrees & snowing when I got there. Nothing sticking but cold & wet. 12 miles later while heading down the westside of the Cascades, near Santiam Junction, I hydroplaned, did three or four tank slappers before regaining control. I was doing about 45mph but never left the road but it was close. I slowed down to 35-40mph as I continued toward Eugene (Home of the Oregon Ducks). The temperature is now 38-40 degrees and it is raining hard. It was raining like a cow peeing on a flat rock. I go another 10 miles or so, constantly looking for standing water. In a curve, I hydroplane again but this time there is no saving it. Slid the Dragon sideways off the road on to the gravel shoulder. I get stopped with the back tires on the gravel and the front tire on the pavement. I think I saw Jesus on that one. Drove the bike now at 25-30mph all the way (about 45 miles) to Springfield just outside Eugene. I stop and call my brother to bring me a trailer for the remaining 80 miles to my destination. I'm cold, wet and not prepared for the weather I encountered. This is Oregon in the spring and I know better. I also inspect my rear tires when I get to my destination. After 57,000 miles of triking, they need to be replaced. I should have checked those before now. Luckily, I had just replaced my front tire the day before. Three things combined to nearly end my riding forever. 1st - Poor weather I wasn't prepared for; 2nd - Rear tires in poor condition; and 3rd - an ego that told me to continue even though I know better. Now, everone, in unison, can you say "Dumb-ass".

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post #2 of 11 Old May 21st, 2013, 11:12 pm
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Glad you are ok and knew when to call it quits and not push on in that ugly weather. Live to ride another day my friend.

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Re: Close call today

,OK, you get your group Stupe! At least you learned your lesson. Whether 2 3 or 4 tires, always good to inspect tread before any trip. Forum Member, Dan Martin, taught me that at a tech session years ago. Just mentioned to me that the front tire was in need and should be changed before the next rain storm. I always checked my inflation pressure, but wasn't paying attention to tread wear (still had tread, just past minimum safety levels). Glad you and the bike both weathered the storm. (Yeah I know it was sick, just had to do it.)

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Good you are OK.
Good you learned your lesson without hurt or damage to that trike. I am assuming that's the one that Ernie was so creative with. Hope the weather is better by mid June. Or do you ever have summer
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Yep, it is the same trike Ernie and I worked so hard on. No harm done but I got new rear tires today. Just got in to big of a hurry to out run a storm blowing in. I lost but didn't get hurt or damage the bike. Did have that "Coming to Jesus" moment during the slide. I am very glad to be here. Rest assured, I dug out an old pre-ride checklist and will use it religously.

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post #6 of 11 Old May 23rd, 2013, 7:18 pm
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Good news.
All's well that ends well. Teachable moment.
Is the 3rd week of June promising in the Pacific Northwest. I have a trip running through those parts and was opting for my three season jacket as opposed to mesh. Would hate to run into any mess like that unprepared. Again great that you were unscathed .
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Some times we just need a wake up call to put things back into perspective. Glad you made it through all that.

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...Whether 2 3 or 4 tires, always good to inspect tread before any trip. Forum Member, Dan Martin, taught me that at a tech session years ago. Just mentioned to me that the front tire was in need and should be changed before the next rain storm. I always checked my inflation pressure, but wasn't paying attention to tread wear (still had tread, just past minimum safety levels). Glad you and the bike both weathered the storm. (Yeah I know it was sick, just had to do it.)
I learned the same lesson from 'bama Don this past STC, and it was right as we were trying to leave. I knew the air pressures were okay, but I didn't think to check the tire tread. I guess I, too, was in a hurry. That would have been a big inconvenience at the least had he not noticed the back tire's cords showing.

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Glad to hear you are ok.. and knew when to surrender your ego to the forces of Mother Nature...

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Re: Close call today

Bill, the 3rd week of June in Oregon is usually mild with little rain but again it's Oregon and it can rain anytime. Your mesh jacket will be fine but have some Frog Toggs as backup. Ride safe.

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Bill, the 3rd week of June in Oregon is usually mild with little rain but again it's Oregon and it can rain anytime. Your mesh jacket will be fine but have some Frog Toggs as backup. Ride safe.
Thanks again for weather update
And gear tip. My second leg of planned trip is to ride the coast north from CA visit in WA and then head east back home hitting ID, MT, WY, SD, IA. I hear those mountain passes are unpredictable temp wise and iffy about precip. But we shall see . . . a bit of adventure.
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