Commuting…The strange. The Odd… And the FUN

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by DAKEZ, Jun 8, 2011.

  1. DAKEZ

    DAKEZ Long timer

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  2. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Looks like there's self-centered asshats that pull out in front of you and go slow in EUR too. Not that I want anyone to encounter em, but its good to know the US isn't the only place in the world that that happens.

    M
  3. D R

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    It was twilight as I left for work yesterday morning. The darkness was giving way to light but the remnants of overnight fog precluded seeing any signs of the sun’s morning glow on the eastern horizon. I made my way through the neighborhood towards the Interstate as I always do when heading to work.
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    The roads in the neighborhood are winding and narrow – narrow enough in places, two SUVs moving in opposite directions would have difficulty passing without touching. There are no paved or graveled shoulders anywhere along the roads. If you go off the pavement, you are either in a ditch or someone’s front yard. There are lots of trees and bushes in the yards, as well as in the fields between the houses. The posted speed limit is 25 mph. Given the morning twilight conditions, I’m religiously sticking to 25 mph or less.
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    It’s approximately four miles from my driveway to the exit from my neighborhood. After travelling about three and a half miles, I turn right and straighten out on the road which will take me out of my neighborhood and onto the Interstate. Just ahead on my right is a yard with several large bushy trees close to the road. As I approach the bushy trees, a voice from the crow’s nest suddenly calls out ”Captain!!! Enemy sighted, close off the starboard bow!!!” Two deer have come into view just past the cluster of bushy trees.
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    I’ve encountered deer in my neighborhood many times in the past and to date, all encounters have been uneventful. These two deer however are only a couple of yards from the edge of the road. Having been hidden by the cluster of bushy trees they are closer than any other deer I’ve previously encountered! No sooner has the presence of these two deer registered when two more deer come into view behind them – it’s an entire enemy squadron!!!
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    “Captain to crew—clear decks for action!!! Standby to initiate evasive maneuvers!!!”

    As we all know, deer can be quite skittish and bolt unpredictably in any direction, at any time. At this very moment however, I’ve yet to observe any sign these four deer are adversely reacting to my presence and thus I may have a brief moment of tactical advantage. I begin rolling off the throttle and applying some brakes. As there is no oncoming traffic, I prepare to move over towards the left side of the pavement to create more distance between myself and the nearby hostile force.
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    As events are unfolding, my velocity continues to move me forward and as such, more of what is behind the bushy trees is coming into view – Six deer!!! EIGHT DEER!!!! The enemy has sent an entire armada to ambush me!!! I’ve NEVER encountered this many deer on the road at one time. What have I done to make the deer so angry at me this morning? …and behind deer seven and eight there is --- wait a minute…. is that a sleigh? ….and in the sleigh, ….a replica of a fat, bearded man in a red suit?
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    “Captain to crew – forces off the starboard bow deemed non-hostile. Stand down and resume normal operations.”

    I didn’t need a morning cup of coffee when I arrived at work.
  4. DOGSROOT

    DOGSROOT OUTSIDE

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    Just read this to my half-asleep GF, and we both had a good laugh!!

    Comedy. :lol3
  5. aeneas

    aeneas Adventurer

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    I drive every day to work. Don't have many spectacular stories. Try to behave, keep out of trouble and watch my mirrors very closely.
    Do about 10km on the highway, during rush traffic. Lane splitting is allowed here and is usually no problem.
    You can to predict after a while when a car wants to do a sudden change of direction and anticipate this.

    Only have a problem with big trucks that are in the left lane (which isn't allowed) so then you can't split lanes.. and some cars also just keep on the right side of the left lane and don't want to make room for you to pass..

    The roads going towards the highway are more dangerous for me;
    I pass 2 school areas where you can only drive 30kmh (20mph).
    In one I often get passed on the left, but at the end of the street cars are stuck for minutes before a red light, so I pass them all again. :) I just laugh with them.

    At another school I sometimes get passed by cars on the right, they just go over a bicycle path. That's less fun as usually I didn't expect them and as the road is a bit small, their mirror just passes my handlebar within an inch..
    This happens about once a month to me..

    Weird things I remember;. someone once threw a cigarette out of the window just in front of me, hit me on the helmet. Gives a spectacular ball of fire but it's immediately gone.
    Also hit a pigeon once on the exit of the highway. My fault, I had room enough to pass it left or right, but was just so fixated that it tried to land in the middle of the road that I hit it. Lots of feathers when it hit my windshield..

    Haven't had much road rage or drivers that try to block me. I try ignore them, either stay behind them and leave some distance, or pass them and get away fast. Had one block me when I was filtering at a red light. Moved his car all the way to the right next to a truck so I could not get in between. This left me enough room to pass him on the left :) then he moved forward so he almost touched the car in front of him, but that one also let me pass on the left..

    Sometimes I have young people on 50cc scooters/honda dax/.. that want to race me at the a red light. Yeah as if you have a chance against 800cc..

    Last week had a close call. Saw a bmw jeep coming fast behind me. Had to turn left, put on my indicator light, and wanted to get into the specific lane. Just when I start to move left I look again and notice he hasn't slowed down, although the light is already red. So I stay in the right lane and he goes past me at full speed and takes a left turn while it's allready 2 to 3 seconds red.. idiot. Worst of all, when it's green again I turn left left and he's just parked behind the corner, sitting in his car reading some papers. So he didn't win any time, but almost hit me. :ear
  6. tvpierce

    tvpierce Been here awhile

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    One morning a couple years ago I'm riding to work, and come around a corner to find a state trooper as the tail escort vehicle for a home being moved. Not a trailer mind you... but a 1.5 story, 3 BR Cape Cod style home being towed down the road taking up both lanes. :eek1

    They had two troopers in cruisers leading, directing opposing traffic to the shoulder as the domicile made it's way at about 15 mph. I followed them for 5 or 6 miles rather enjoying the spectacle of it all.

    Made for a good excuse as to why I was late for my meeting!

    Gives new meaning to the term Mobile Home. :rofl
  7. atomicalex

    atomicalex silly aluminum boxes

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    Regarding cigarette tossers, I'm waiting for someone to hit my textile with a cig so that I can claim it against their insurance. Over here, that would be totally kosher, and annoying.
  8. cab591

    cab591 Been here awhile

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    Just read through all 80 pages. First off, can't WAIT to get back on a bike. Last time I rode, I was living in Mississippi -- driver's there not only have literally no idea what a motorcycle is, but think they look fun to run over. I don't know how many times lifted trucks forced me out of my lane there... Call me crazy, but I enjoy the excitement. :rofl:

    I have a good commute story to add. Unfortunately piloting a cage at the time, but still exciting. I had borrowed a friend's Range Rover while my car was on jack stands in the driveway. Headed back from class, friend in the passenger seat, on I-10E, in the HOV lane. There's an older 3-series behind me (at a reasonable distance), and mild traffic. The BMW and myself are going around 80 mph (pretty normal for low traffic). Some guy in a Mustang GT came flying up behind us, passing on the right. He swerves in front of me into the HOV lane. I'm watching him carefully. Next thing I know, the rear end sort of "skips" a bit, and twitches right. I shout "HOLY $%*#!" and swerve into the breakdown lane on my left, getting a few inches from the barrier wall. Just as I do that, the entire rear differential falls off of the Mustang. It slams into the pavement, just where I was, bounces, and buries itself right in the kidney grill of the BMW. The BMW driver slams on the brakes, and pulls off left. The Mustang, meanwhile, looses control, and starts to fishtail. I get back in my lane about the same time his rear end breaks loose, sending him spinning across 4 lanes of light traffic. From what I could see in my rearview, the Mustang avoided hitting much. He got close to a Carolla, who then pulled off to check the Mustang driver once the Mustang came to rest in the gravel off the road. Not sure if contact was made though. :eek1:
  9. ParrotheadJeff

    ParrotheadJeff Class A CDL

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    OK, time to bump an old thread! Fun times for me commuting to work recently with the 10 feet or so of ice at the end of my driveway. If I carry just a little speed, I can roll across it with the clutch in without a problem. I found out that it's NOT a good idea to try to add ANY power at all - especially if the bike isn't 100% straight :deal
  10. DAKEZ

    DAKEZ Long timer

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    :waveJeff

    How's Utah?
  11. ParrotheadJeff

    ParrotheadJeff Class A CDL

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    :wave Dakez!

    Utah's pretty good - thanks for asking :D I finally got a decent job and I'm digging out of the debt that the move and all created, but it's worth it for my daughter :raabia There's some pretty good riding around here, but I did have to park the bike for a few weeks due to some really strange white stuff that gives virtually no traction :huh At least it's warmed up a bit - my V-Star is reluctant to start and stay running below about 15 degrees :lol3

    How's things been in your neck of the woods?
  12. DAKEZ

    DAKEZ Long timer

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    WET! :lol3 From the Wet-side.
  13. Tall Man

    Tall Man Freelancer

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    Intermodal (rail) freight transport. The US needs more of it. A lot more. We must radically reduce the number of 18 wheelers on our highways and byways.
  14. Cruisin'Carolina

    Cruisin'Carolina Been here awhile

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    Yep. Switch the long haul trucking jobs over to short local ones...to include loading/unloading.

    The difference would be inmeasurable..
  15. WVhillbilly

    WVhillbilly Long timer

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    We had a good rail system, then they sold most of it for scrap.
    Wasn't economical ya know, makes more sense to truck it all around when fuel is $4+ gallon.
  16. DOGSROOT

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    Unfortunately, the same changeover happened in Canada.

    I understand that the reason is that highway maintenance is paid for by the taxpayer, and railway maintenance is paid for by the railways.

    This makes trucking more competitive (lower overhead), on the backs of taxpayers and to the detriment of other road users.

    60% of Canada's truck traffic is between Windsor (Detroit border town) and Quebec City, on the 401, the busiest highway in North America.

    The wiki entry says it is 12 lanes wide in the GTA, but has a pic that clearly shows 18.

    It usually is 16 lanes where I travel it.

    I for one would sure love to see fewer trucks on it; I'm not holding my breath though.
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  17. Beemermcr

    Beemermcr Big, Dumb, Happy!

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    Rail = cheap and slow
    Over the road = faster and more expensive

    Lots of freight is moving by rail, but time critical ones OTR (produce, for example). Unfortunately, some reports say railroads are nearing capacity. Building new lines would be as tough as a pipeline ----- or tougher: pipelines don't make noise!

    Need some innovation to get more trains on the same tracks--

    Paul
  18. Heyload

    Heyload Remastered Classic

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    Stop at the end of my street, getting ready to turn right onto the main road. A cement truck is lumbering up the hill from my right, too close to pull out so I let him pass and pull out behind him.

    One block later I see a black Dodge pick-up dart out from the right on the next cross street...and stop as he realizes he is about to literally get creamed by a cement truck. The cement truck locks it up trying to stop, I can see the tail end of the black truck sticking out just to the right of the cement truck as that big beast shudders and squals to a stop, smoke coming off the tires.

    I reckon the cement truck stopped about a foot or two from the side of that Dodge truck.

    I hope the driver of that Dodge knows how to get poo stains off of a car seat....

    I've heard the term "Looks like it got run over by a cement truck"..I never expected to almost witness it literally happen.
  19. theDoktor

    theDoktor Husky Racer

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    FYI, it was a concrete truck, not a "cement" truck if it was hauling a rotating tapered cylinder on it's back. A "cement" truck would be an 18-wheeler hauling a trailer that carries and dispenses Portland Cement, usually a fine, grey powder, that is mixed with stone aggregate, sand and water to make concrete. Neither vehicle should be ignored while on the road, unless one is attempting a Darwin Award. Both carry very heavy loads and have long braking distances. Neither can manuver quickly, and concrete mixers have a high, constantly shifting center-of-gravity which makes them prone to rolling over.:eek1

    Sorry for the rant. It's just one of those incorrect word usage things that happens to irritate me. Newscasters (newsreaders?) are the worst for this. Another one that makes me crazy is when someone reports that a vehicle "lost control" and had an accident. Where did the "control " go? As it resulted in an accident, one can assume that a lost "control" is dangerous. Have the police found it? Are they looking for it? How would a non-professional recognize a lost "control"? Should you report it to 911? If you loose the "control" on your vehicle, does it need to be replaced? Where is it located? Is it covered by warranty? Can you get a good replacement from a used parts emporium or does a replacement have to be new? OEM or aftermarket? What does it look like? Does it have a part number?:hmmmmm

    There. I feel better already.:lol3
  20. Craneguy

    Craneguy British Hooligan

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    While we're on the subject of annoying misuse of words, it's lose, not loose.

    Now I feel better too. :D