Thursday, November 09, 2006

Things I've Hit...and Not

(Excepting humans & their vehicles, insects and common road-surface hazards)

Hit:
  • 1 each (amazingly only one) squirrel; he must've been old 'n' slow
  • a smallish bat (kamikaze dived into my left hand on I-95)
  • 2 nails (nails that actually punctured a tire anyway)

Missed:
  • many deer (including a few dead ones)
  • a large turtle
  • 2 or 3 snakes
  • thousands of squirrels
  • a few dozen chipmunks
  • a few 'possums
  • the occassional turkey buzzard
  • a few dogs
  • very few cats (they're smarter than dogs)
  • a few dozen pedestrians (largely jay-walking college students)
  • 1 young bovine on the loose
  • a couple of ill-placed orange warning cones
  • a construction barrel blowing around in the wind
  • a large plastic kiddie-pool blown by the wind
  • various trash cans and bags of garbage blowing around in the wind
  • 1 water-cooler that flew out of the back of a trademan's truck
  • the odd piece of lumber
  • dozens of beer bottles
  • lot o' squashed-flat waxed cups (ice has more traction)
  • a few Amish buggies
  • a roof from a recently-collapsed small barn (!)
Please include your own list or a few of your weirdest hits 'n' misses by clicking on "Comments" below.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Roadhoover said...

I remember once coming home one night down the country lane to our house, it was late and I confess I was shifting, (I reckon I could have navigated that road blindfolded I had ridden it so many times, also at night you can see if cars are coming the other way well in advance). On rounding one of the bends I came a cross a Badger. I went one way and so did the Badger. The resulting collision flung me off into the hedge. As i went sailing through the air out of the corner of my eye i saw my old xj550 kaleidascoping into the opposite hedge off the ground and then the inevitable grind and crunch of breaking glass and twistage of metal. Thankful for a soft landing I clawed my way out the hedge and looked over towards my bike stricken, ticcing and decidedly broken. I espied said badger scuttling off up the road.
I know Badgers are solid creatures, but It didn't seem to dent the thing, I must have hit it at 50mph. The ironic thing is The bike had just been repaired two weeks earlier from an incident with a Doberman dog. The Doberman didn't make it, neither did the bike at the time, still got the scars from that one to this day

December 6, 2006 at 6:55:00 AM EST  
Blogger Doug Just Doug said...

Wowzers! No Badgers around my neck of the woods...thankfully, from the sounds of your encounter.

I'm guessing you're in England, no? I spent a few years there courtesy of Uncle Sam; lived in a little burgh on the Suffok/Norfolk border, surrounded by sheep farms.

December 8, 2006 at 1:07:00 PM EST  

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