Thursday, May 11, 2006

Paddle HP2

The other day I was riding home and it started to rain. I was on a section of divided highway with two lanes of traffic going my direction. At about 75 MPH I look down just in time to see i'm running over a paddle that fell out of a boat being towed by a truck a few vehicles in front of me. it kicked up and flew into the lane behind me, but no damage to the bike or me.

lessons learned:
1) dont' follow the vehicle in front of your too closely, there may be a paddle in the road
2) for all those times you've followed a vehicle and wondered to yourself "what woud happen if that fell out of the vehicle", don't wonder, change lanes.


Sarah said...

Um, yeah. Ever since our bike rack + 2 bikes flew off the top of our car, I've been a lot more cautious about who I follow on the interstate.

k2h said...

ohhhhhhhhhh... ouch.. did the bikes survive?

Sarah said...

Yes, miraculously. They landed in the median and we got to haul the whole kit and kaboodle across the freeway, then take the bikes and rack completely apart and cram them in around all of our other stuff (this was coming back from Colorado last summer).

Fortunately there was no one in the general vicinity to get creamed by the flying wonder.