So strange that I woke up thinking about deer strikes and what the odds may be that someone hits a deer twice on the same bike in the same area. Also though about Oh2ridemore whom I met in Colorado about a year ago as we were both traveling solo and I saw he recently had an encounter with a deer. Anyways, August 2015 I hit a deer in the evening out of nowhere. I maybe had a moment to tense up but can remember very little. Hit the deer at 55mph(speed limit) and came off pretty hard. Had a decent puncture in my arm from the antlers as well as some pretty torn up knees. Had taken my areostich road rafter pants off shortly before the incident. Several broken ribs and fractures shoulder blade. Bike had 5,200 miles on it at the time but was deemed repairable. Took about a month before I could get on a bike again and a few months to get the vstrom back in the road. I was wearing a first gear jacket, icon boots, a fly dual sport helmet, cheap glove and jeans like a dumb ass. Most everything did it’s job respectably. I am extra thankful for the boots as you can see below. After the first incident and getting back on the bike I started riding 10x more than before. Rain, dark, light snow, freezing temps, I just can’t get enough. Since the accident I’ve knocked out another 47k on the vstrom in addition to the multiple other bikes I have, vstrom being he primary rider. Yesterday morning around 7am I was on my way to visit my mom for Mother’s Day with intentions of riding all day after visiting. About 20 miles from home I created a hill at around 55mph(speed limit) and again one of those fuckers try to take me down. This time around I had a second to think before impact and the deer was much smaller. Took a dead center broadside strike at speed. Slid to a stop off the right side of the road but kept it upright. Would have stayed on the road if the headlight frame wasn’t smashed into the forks preventing any type of left turn. Picked the shit up, got a ride home, got a truck, picked the bike up, and pulled another bike out of the garage. Vstrom had 52,000 miles this time around. ALL I can do is think about getting out and riding every spare moment I have. Hopefully my luck does not run out. I am certainly thankful to be without injury this time around... what are the odds of a 3rd time? Hopefully I don’t find out. Be safe out there!