strangest road debris

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by braindigitalis, May 1, 2013.

  1. braindigitalis

    braindigitalis Wet weather sucks!

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    Just wondering what's the strangest thing you guys have seen abandoned or dumped on the road. Bonus points for anything you had to swerve around and curious to anything you've hit ... I'll start:

    1) a complete stretchy "bungee" car roof cord with metal hooks. I somehow missed seeing this and only realised I'd hit it later when I found it wrapped around my rear break drum and back wheel alloy. Lucky it didn't have me off! Oh the days of being a n00b...

    2) an entire car, parked up and abandoned in the middle of a 60mph road. Saw it at 9am and again on my way back at 17:00 so I called the cops. Apparently there had been several complaints but they couldn't move it without tracing and speaking to its owners first. Car was gone the next day... Seems its owners had just parked it up when running out of gas and left it! What's most dumb was they were 100 yards from a gas station! Some people...

    3) half a dog. Yeah. Half.... The back end. Yuck lol.

    So what's your best and worst? :D
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  2. 150ron

    150ron Long timer

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    A homeless man, (appeared to be drunk or high, completely out of it) crawling on all 4's, no shoes, no shirt, some ripped up jeans, right at a one lane entrance to the 118 freeway in SoCal, i almost hit him, it was 11 at night, very dark, i swerved and missed him, then pulled over and called 911.
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  3. dentedvw

    dentedvw Where did I put that

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    Mattresses. Why so many mattresses? :eek1
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  4. RxZ

    RxZ Legal Drug Dealer

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    Tied down at an angle starting in the back of a pick-up with the other end over the roof. The knitting yarn holding it down breaks pretty soon, and the mattress flips out the back. :1drink

    Oh, I rode through the remains of a wild hog a few months ago :puke1

    Thankfully it was a couple of days old and tacky not squishy, so it didn't explode when I went through. None of it got on me, that I know of...
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  5. braindigitalis

    braindigitalis Wet weather sucks!

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    150ron's homeless drunk needed somewhere to pass out :rofl
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  6. Mr_Gone

    Mr_Gone The Lejund!

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    Piglets. Several of them. Somewhere in Wisconsin, going to Green Bay. Apparently one of the sows gave birth in the hog-hauler about a mile in front of me, and the little ones just spilled out through the sides. None of the piglets were moving when I rode past, so I can only hope they died quickly. I didn't stop for bacon.
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  7. motorat

    motorat TBD

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    3 bales of hay.
    i was following a pickup truck. they made a quick right hand turn and 3 hay bales fell out.
    i was not following close so i weaved around them and stopped to help the lady put them back in her truck.
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  8. braindigitalis

    braindigitalis Wet weather sucks!

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    I remember seeing something like this on a cop show... The perp tried to escape the cops by vaulting what looked like a waist high wall at the side of the road ...not realising that the other side was a 30 foot drop to the concrete below. Guy broke his back and lets just say he never did it again :D

    Just remembered something else I saw in the road once. A large tractor tyre. Ended up going round it as it was as wide as the one lane road... I guess it had been flytipped...
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  9. joexr

    joexr Banned

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    About 30 years ago going down an unlit road in the middle of nowhere suddenly I hit a matress. I said holy shit did you see that to my girlfriend. That's when we ran over the box-spring. Bike stayed up. Headlights used to really suck.
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  10. dbg326

    dbg326 Been here awhile

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  11. jpgrego

    jpgrego Adventurer

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    Last week heading home from work I had to swerve to miss a full size extension ladder laying all the way across the lane. I've also seen a washing machine still strapped to a tow dolly, and many years ago while driving a work truck I passed a couch in the fast lane of I-26.
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  12. k-moe

    k-moe Long timer

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    I used to service machnery at remote sites in Oregon, so I drove around 60k per year just for the job. In 6 years I got to see:

    Most of an elk. It headbutted a school bus, and lost.

    A 24' aluminum extension ladder in the center lane of I-205 near Clackamas

    A car seat :huh

    Two pallets of Coca-Cola (intact, not one can burst).

    A 3/4 mile long trail of what looked like pink house paint.

    several bales of hay

    a christmas tree

    Most of a pre-built garden shed

    I can't remember them all. It seems like there was something weird nearly every week.
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  13. khager

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    I have seen everything including the kitchen sink!:eek1 Moron's can't secure a load for shit around here in DFW.
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  14. damurph

    damurph Cold Adventurer

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    While cruising a two lane blacktop a pickup truck liner flew out of the back of an oncoming truck. Wind blew it out of my lane but it made my eyes go wide.
    One evening I was two up when a moose crossed the road in front of me with a calf following very close behind her. I went between them. I asked my passenger if she was scared by it. She said no. Good cause I was scared enough for the both of us.
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  15. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

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    1) nearly hit a car battery at 85 mph on Hwy 101 in Hollywood. I shudder to think about what would have happened had I hit that.

    2) someone's spare tire I almost hit at 85 mph on Hwy 118 north west of LA - I shudder to think about what would have happened had I hit that.

    3) A house fell off a trailer on 101 in Hollywood - that was easier to miss

    4) a homeless guy was running the wrong way on Hwy 1 in Malibu one day.... didnt see what was happening because of all the goddam SUV's in front of me but I was noticing them dodging something in the road.....missed him buy inches....

    :huh
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  16. Offcenter

    Offcenter On The Road Again!

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    Many years ago, local 2 lane near here. Around midnight I swerve to avoid a body laying across the road, head in one lane, feet in the opposite lane. Stopped and called the police. Cop shows up, gets out of car, takes one look at the "body" and kicks him in the ribs and yells "Get up!". Drags and shoves him into the back seat of patrol car and drives off!!! Cop never said a word to me and I never heard another thing about it. The cop obviously had dealt with this idiot before. :rofl:rofl:rofl:rofl:rofl:rofl:rofl
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  17. Dogscout

    Dogscout Been there done that

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    Ottoman. I70 Kansas at night. 1993 or abouts. The Peugeot took it rather well, but the hood had to be bungeed for the rest of its life.

    HVAC coil. The fins on those things act like razor blades on tires. I was lucky to be about the 10th one back and by the time everyone else braked and got flats, I was able to slow down and go around. That sucker took out about 8 cars tires.
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  18. Norhasken

    Norhasken Tryin' to find my way

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    A snow shovel right in the middle of 75 in Richardson during August.
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  19. DirtyOldMan

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    I 40 in central Arkansas, about 1974. A U Haul trailer came loose from a car and spread what appeared to be an entire households contents along a quarter mile or so of interstate.
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  20. bwringer

    bwringer Gimpy, Yet Alacritous

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    1) A large red sow trotting along in the right lane of a lonely state highway in Indiana. She seemed to know exactly where she was going, so I signaled and passed. Very politely.

    2) The shitter on 64 -- a brand new toilet and most of its packing materials smack dab in the middle of a blind curve on a VERY twisty, narrow road in North Carolina. Porcelain shards everywhere.
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