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:bat::pumpkin::bash::bat:The weather is starting to get funny here. Trying to turn cold but still wanting an occasional warm day. I've been working midnights for the last 10/11 years and ride the 24 miles to work as often as the weather permits, from March till late October.



Every night the wife walks me to the door for our goodnight embrace and kiss. Then she allways says a short silent prayer as I load/gear-up and head out the drive. As a rule it's just a little general safety and "deer alertness" thing.



Well Sunday night about six miles into my two-lane journey I did see a couple ofdeer-tails up-aheadin the headlight.(thankfully) I tapped the binders and scrubbed off about 5mph when I also noticed a couple of shiney aluminum garbage cans laying on thier side in my lane.



I zigged around them, and zagged back into my lane, just getting the Wing back up-right :action:, when there right in front of me was a Brown plastic 40 gal. garbage can on it's side in the middle of the lane. "THUNK"... I killed it. Ran right over it, getting it lodged between the front tire and the rad. Drug it at least 40yds before getting stopped. The damn thig was holding the bike up as my pipes gradually melted through one side of the plastic can.



I couldn't kick the thing loose, I had to drag it another half mile until I found a drive on the high side of the road, offering some added clearance to yank the thing free. It managed tobreak the speedo-cable about 3" back from the drive housing, and also knocked off the radiator chin spoiler. Which the rear tire promptly ran over and destroyed.



Now as a kid, I remember stringing toilet paper across the street from the telephone poles or trees, but there were street lamps. We never tried to bushwack anyone on a dark country road. I guess the times have changed...:?



Be careful on the road my friends, there's more out there to watch for than cell phone abusers and wildlife.:bat::pumpkin::bash::bat:
 

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Now that was totally wrong if some kids did that on purpose !!!!!!...I could say more on this but I would have to delete my own post.....:shock:.....I will say this...Who ever did that if it was done on purpose, and hurt, maimed, or killed someone, should spend the rest of their natural lives in jail.....If you had not been alert to the danger of deers and keeping your eyes wide open....You very well might have center punched one of those trash cans.....Or if not you then some other unsuspecting soul....All this for a laugh, I'll bet you my last 4 paychecks if this was done on purpose, that the little punks were setting some where out of sight watching their "little trap" ....Laughing watching you hit that plastic trash can......Yup I would also suggest that We ALL be very careful until Halloween is over for just such crap.....



Claude......
 

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We didnt have the grandkids this weekend so my wife and I rode to church this Sunday evening, instead of caging. We came down one of the farm roads, and I saw it about 1/8 mile down the road, a doe standing in the middle of the road, I hollered at my wife to look, we slowed way down to take a long look, it finally noticed us thought about it for a few seconds and hopped a fence and ran about 20 yards and sat and stared at us as we passed by. I REALLY hope that's as close as we ever get to a deer on the bike.
 

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Yes be careful out there, never did anything like that as a kid but I would have to guess it was done on purpose, especially if there was no other trash around.



Years ago my brother plastered a fiberglass water trough with his 78 ford f150 late one night. Said all of a sudden there it was , smack..... in the middle of highway 35. Glad it wasn't a metal one.......
 

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Welcome to my least favourite holiday time of the year.

I have little appreciation for the few that choose to make it the Prankster's holiday.
 

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da_bull wrote:
We didnt have the grandkids this weekend so my wife and I rode to church this Sunday evening, instead of caging. We came down one of the farm roads, and I saw it about 1/8 mile down the road, a doe standing in the middle of the road, I hollered at my wife to look, we slowed way down to take a long look, it finally noticed us thought about it for a few seconds and hopped a fence and ran about 20 yards and sat and stared at us as we passed by. I REALLY hope that's as close as we ever get to a deer on the bike.
For me, if it's any closer it better be on a barbeque. :cheeky1:
 

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Seems more likely to me that some idiot was hauling empty cans unsecured in a pick up and lost them. Either way I'm glad to hear you weren't hurt.
 

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Something like that happen to me a few years back,but it was a tree cut down across the road ,I couldnt miss it ,went right over it .Didnt hurt anything but I hurt in my back for weeks over it.
 

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nobbie wrote:
da_bull wrote:
We didnt have the grandkids this weekend so my wife and I rode to church this Sunday evening, instead of caging. We came down one of the farm roads, and I saw it about 1/8 mile down the road, a doe standing in the middle of the road, I hollered at my wife to look, we slowed way down to take a long look, it finally noticed us thought about it for a few seconds and hopped a fence and ran about 20 yards and sat and stared at us as we passed by. I REALLY hope that's as close as we ever get to a deer on the bike.
For me, if it's any closer it better be on a barbeque. :cheeky1:
OK, OK, you got me there, if any hunters here, want to send me some jerky, venison burgers, sausage, etc. I can make an exception...:dude:
 

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Seems more likely to me that some idiot was hauling empty cans unsecured in a pick up and lost them. Either way I'm glad to hear you weren't hurt.
I want to agree with you Paul, but being the paranoid that I am and thinking on it a while. The spacing was just too darn coincedental, like it was staged... :gunhead:
 

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exavid wrote:
Seems more likely to me that some idiot was hauling empty cans unsecured in a pick up and lost them. Either way I'm glad to hear you weren't hurt.
Thats what I was thinking...
 

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Seems more likely to me that some idiot was hauling empty cans unsecured in a pick up and lost them. Either way I'm glad to hear you weren't hurt.
I was thinking that was a posibility as well. On Monday I was driving out to the oil fields for a job interview and a pickup in front of me did not secure their cargo. 3 empty 5 gallon plastic cans came jumping out of his box. It was broad daylight and I barely missed them. I pulled up along side of him and tried to flag him down but he wasn't interested in pulling over. Must of thought I was some waco trying to get him to stop. So I went around him with a kind thought for those behind that they did not hit the cans. Now as I type this, I'm thinking why didn't I go back and pick up the cans for him? Seems like it would have been the safe thing to do.

It's difficult to ride in the dark. You just can't see things soon enough. It's great riding at night and I love it, but you sure have to dial your speeds back and just know you are pressing your luck. Roads aren't supposed to have that crap on them.
 

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exavid wrote:
Seems more likely to me that some idiot was hauling empty cans unsecured in a pick up and lost them.
EXAVID is probably right. That very same thing happened not far from here two years ago. Unfortunately a young (inexperienced) lady in a small car panicked, swerved, lost control, rolled it and was killed. She'd have been far better off to just run the things over in her car. And it would never have happened if those cans were tied down.
 
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