Posted: Tue Oct 01, 2013 9:49 am
Title: My latest contribution - not all dangers come from the road
|AJinNoHills (SoCal dude...) |
|Tue Oct 01, 2013 9:49 am|
|My latest contribution - not all dangers come from the road |
Some come "from the sky"....
Everyone knows (or SHOULD know) that you do not ride behind, next to, or anywhere except in front of a big rig. Because 1. they can't see you, and 2. when their tires let go, they have a tendency to turn to hard, heavy flying shrapnel. And if you didn't know, now you know.
A couple of weeks ago, I'm cruising in the carpool lane on the 405 north heading home. Up ahead I see a large puff of smoke and hear a serious BOOOM! even through my headphones. A big rig tire blows out in a really big way. Oh well, not much to worry about - I'm in the carpool lane and safe, right? WRONG! I decrease my speed in case people start swerving, since the incident, while on the far right side of the road, is still about 50 - 100 yards ahead of me. As I'm scanning the cars, movement catches my eye and I look up. HOLY SHIT!! What looks like the entire tread of the tire is hurtling through the air towards my lane! Are you f*****g kidding me? Fortunately I had slowed down, but now I just about dropped anchor (thanking the heavens noone was behind me). Down it comes, right on the yellow lines, slightly in the carpool lane. The thing landed like a dead fish - splat.
I've dodged many things on the 405 - spray paint cans, the head from a push broom, a ladder, even a carpet rolled up like it had a body stuck inside. This was the first time I've ever had a "chicken little" moment. The sky is falling indeed.
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