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Old 10-03-2008, 11:46 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by urbanXJ

Interesting....very interesting....care to explain?
Many of us have had encounters with the Forrest Kamikaze aka white tail deer, any dead one is a good one. I shoot and eat them too, but the state kind of frowns on us shooting them year round, or all of them etc.

So far, knock on wood, I have only hit them in a cage, but I have had several panic braking encounters, one that was too close to being in face plant ( I LOVE ABS).

So any dead deer, is one less to hit me. A nice smell in my books.

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Old 10-03-2008, 12:23 PM   #17
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The smells I enjoy:

Lumber drying in the kiln.
Pine pitch which seems strongest above 6000'.
Evening in the coulies, the beginings of dew.
Alpine spring flowers.
A whiff of 2 stroke oil.

The bad:

Pigs and birds: barns and transports
Feed lots
Decaying flesh
A freshly burnt out forest after the rain
A closed face helmet after eating garlic and fish.

Good thread, one of the reasons I ride is for the sensory experinces you don't experince in a car. The smells, good and bad, are some of the reasons I continue to ride.
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Old 10-03-2008, 12:45 PM   #18
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4 to 5 turns before I catch a cage in front of me on my steep narrow 2 lane down hill tree lined twisty commute in the Santa Cruz Mountains; I can smell the cage's brakes and know it is up there.
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Old 10-03-2008, 01:19 PM   #19
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Every morning as I ride into work I pass one place that smells of freshly brewed coffee about 2 miles later the is a strong smell of chocolate chip cookies baking fills the air.
On an empty stomach it can bring on cravings.

If only I wasn't allergic to caffeine and Chocolate.
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Old 10-03-2008, 01:24 PM   #20
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there used to be a Sara Lee (trademark, servicemark, yada yada, closecoverbeforestriking) plant near my house -- big fun to shotgun chocolate fumes at 60!
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Old 10-03-2008, 01:54 PM   #21
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The smells I enjoy:

Lumber drying in the kiln.
Pine pitch which seems strongest above 6000'.
Evening in the coulies, the beginings of dew.
Alpine spring flowers.
A whiff of 2 stroke oil.

The bad:

Pigs and birds: barns and transports
Feed lots
Decaying flesh
A freshly burnt out forest after the rain
A closed face helmet after eating garlic and fish.
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Excellent! Carry a toothbrush for that garlic and fish. It makes the ride much nicer
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Old 10-03-2008, 02:17 PM   #22
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when i crawled out of my sleeping bag on race mornings,I loved the smell of race gas and fresh dirt. now its just the smell of the desert on my work commute I enjoy.

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Old 10-03-2008, 02:20 PM   #23
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Riding into most dips in the evening the feel as well as the smell makes up for a lotta other times. The smell of newly mowed hay is wonderful, mountain pine and right after a rain the smells are so rich. Mostly dead stuff is not very good and that liquid shit they use a lot nowadays is so much worse than just old fashioned manure.
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Old 10-03-2008, 02:48 PM   #24
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Talking I always get odd looks when I say smells are one of the reasons I ride!

Among my favorites are fresh cut hay and the ocean. Close behind would be a steak on the BBQ and pre-dawn (no wind, damp air? seems to bring out the best) rides that pass a bakery or donut shop (might be why I weigh enough to be 2 people?). Flattened skunks and chicken farms have to be on my "worst" list. Absolute worst had to be a burned, stuffed moose but that was working the fire at F&G Headquarters not riding.

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Old 10-03-2008, 02:51 PM   #25
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Slaughter Houses, Turkey/Chicken farms and Sewer Vents

Good
Sage brush burning on your exhaust. Desert flowers after an afternoon rain.
Peach Blooms
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Old 10-03-2008, 03:04 PM   #26
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I went riding through eastern Washington (The Palouse) a couple of weeks ago where many different crops are grown. The smells change as you ride through the different crops. The best was probably the apple trees - reminded me of how I loved apple juice as a kid. They also grow some cows there - not so good.

Pine, cedar and redwood are all good smells - especially behind logging trucks where it's strong.

The thing I hate most is being on a schedule and smelling food. Was riding to meet another rider in Malibu one day and hadn't eaten since morning. The smell of good Mexican food wafting across the road drove me crazy.
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Old 10-03-2008, 03:29 PM   #27
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I like the smell of rain. Of course you can't really smell rain, but I like the way the air smells when you are heading toward rain.

I smell elephant shit on my way to work every morning. You don't get used to it.
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Old 10-03-2008, 04:40 PM   #28
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Originally Posted by Twistabister
The smell of weed wafting out of the car in front of you..

Ive smelled that alot lately.. Its amazing how that smell sticks in the air even when your doing 50 mph.
Better that, than the dillweed today puffing on a super stinky cigar

Favorites: Griiled onions near the hambuger joint and pine forrests

worst: pig farm, cow farm, pesticide applications...yuck
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Old 10-03-2008, 04:46 PM   #29
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Worst ........a faint smell of gasoline while riding.....only to find out an hour later that I had a leak dripping down onto the hot engine for the last hour.....just a tightening of a hose clamp was all that was needed....


Best..... I guess I really like the smell of a fresh mountain rain storm....probably 'cause I live in the SoCal smog/desert area.....
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Old 10-03-2008, 05:01 PM   #30
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THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS



This last Summer was the happiest I have seen / smelled them in years.
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