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Old 07-10-2009, 03:21 AM   #1
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Fuck careless farmers!

I plan to take the bike on an organised trip to South America in 2010. Everyone involved with the group got together in South Wales on Wednesday to discuss the trip, so I took the opportunity to take a little ride up through the Brecon Beacons of Wednesday evening for a little exploring in Shropshire.

Beautiful English countryside ...



... in fact more beautiful than I'd imagined Shropshire to be from fading childhood memory ...



and 29 miles into the ride on some super twisting country lanes I come to a "slow" sign and then a "right hand curve - 30 mph" sign and sure enough, there it is and it's a little sharp one. Down from fourth to third, easy in and ...



... some kind farmer's left grain all over the road! Didn't see it until I got a close up look when the front tyre let go. Quite a scrape ...



I ended up winded and on all fours but crawled to the bike to hit the 'kill' switch.

The bike's fine, scratched up on the right side but crash bars have done their job and there's no damage at all to the bike. Now if you're ever to do this kind of thing, who would you want to have in the car following you? Well, I got an ex-cop and his wife who's a retired nurse. Pretty cool, eh?

He picked the bike up (hence no sleeping GS pics) and started directing traffic around the scene and she checked me out. She tells me that he'd just been saying to her how "nicely" I was riding!

Anyhow, I'm feeling a little battered and bruised so she advises me to go off to the local minor injuries clinic in Bridgnorth and it's a good job that I did. Although I was able to ride there no problem, it turns out that I've broken my right collar bone and have a couple off busted ribs. Everyone at the hospital was fantastic and really helped me out, not just medically but organising bike storage etc.; well above and beyond the call of duty and all that. So, the bike is now in Bridgnorth and I had to take taxi to Wolverhampton and a train (oh, and fuck Virgin Trains too) back to London where my son met me.

Rukka seems to have protected everything else although will need a bit of repair to elbow ...



... and knee ...



... Arai peak is a bit scratched up ...



but the Sidi Discos and Held Namibs protected well with hardly a scuff on them.

Slept pretty good last night but boy, does it hurt when I cough or laugh. So, to the farmer who dropped the grain all over the road ...
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Old 07-10-2009, 03:38 AM   #2
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F anyone who leaves junk on the road... its a jungle out there... glad you're ok!
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Old 07-10-2009, 04:42 AM   #3
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... glad you're ok!
Thanks Kristi
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Old 07-10-2009, 04:53 AM   #4
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F anyone who leaves junk on the road... its a jungle out there... glad you're ok!
Yeah, what Kristi said! I'm amazed at the variety of crap that gets scattered across the roadways, most of which has the effect of diminishing traction and becoming a hazard. I'm glad you're OK and had the gear on!!!

Over here it's legal for farmers to move their massive equipment around on the highways without an kind of escort or warning, so it's not uncommon to come fogging it up over a hill or around a corner and see some huge piece of machinery taking up the entire road. Luckily this guy was on a straight stretch and we saw each other in time to move over:



Take care and I hope your up-coming trip is a HOOT!

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Old 07-10-2009, 06:17 AM   #5
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If you had been on the correct side of the road, this wouldn't have happened. Glad you are OK! I had an onion truck dump part of its load in front of me in eastern Colorado last year. YIKES!
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Old 07-10-2009, 07:42 AM   #6
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If you had been on the correct side of the road, this wouldn't have happened.
Haha! That's funny from an ignorant redneck never been outside Louisiana much less the US point of view
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Old 07-10-2009, 08:10 AM   #7
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Hmm. So, you weren't looking far enough ahead to judge the speed of the corner or recognize the change in color and texture due to the grain on the road, and that's the farmer's fault?
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Old 07-10-2009, 08:34 AM   #8
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Hmm. So, you weren't looking far enough ahead to judge the speed of the corner or recognize the change in color and texture due to the grain on the road, and that's the farmer's fault?
Blow it out your ass, dipwad! Of course he should be paying attention but it's total dick to leave shit like that all over the road too. No need to kick a man when he's down...
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Old 07-10-2009, 08:39 AM   #9
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Hmm. So, you weren't looking far enough ahead to judge the speed of the corner or recognize the change in color and texture due to the grain on the road, and that's the farmer's fault?
Uh oh.... Haven't you ever been doing all you could to ride safely and still been caught by someone else's carelessness?

I think you need to take one step further back; it's not really about the farmer himself, but more toward anyone who is careless about dropping crap out of or off of their load-carrying vehicle and apparently not giving a shit that they may be endangering others on the road. That grain on the road could have taken out a car just as it did a bike, you know. Anyone who hauls a load down the road needs to be concious of the fact that if they drop part of it they may cause an accident. I've said fuck carpenters (nails, boards, construction debris on the roads), fuck farmers (huge equipment, mud, hay, wet cowshit, escaped livestock, etc.), FUCK FUCK FUCK highway construction crews (ENDLESS list of hazards those people create), pickup drivers, boat haulers, trash-throwing jackasses, lawn-mowing idiots who spew their cuttings onto the road, etc.

It's just plain rotten when people don't control their load and put others at risk by their carelessness. Fuck 'em all if they do drop some of their crap onto the roadway and don't bother to clean up after themselves! We have to drive/ride prepared and do what you can to avoid trouble, wear the gear, and even so there are times you will be caught by surprise.

Sheesh.

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Old 07-10-2009, 08:45 AM   #10
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The clinic helped with bike storage????!!!

I'm really sorry about your scrape man. THat sucks big time. However, I did want to note what you said about the clinic -- amazing review over all and it makes me jealous. I don't know how represenvative my experience of the healthcare system is in the U.S. but I can't fathom a clinic here giving a flying @#$%# about storing a patient's motorcycle.
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Old 07-10-2009, 09:02 AM   #11
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Hmm. So, you weren't looking far enough ahead to judge the speed of the corner or recognize the change in color and texture due to the grain on the road, and that's the farmer's fault?
You must have extraordinary vision......
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Old 07-10-2009, 09:10 AM   #12
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wildman,

Glad you're OK.


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Hmm. So, you weren't looking far enough ahead to judge the speed of the corner or recognize the change in color and texture due to the grain on the road, and that's the farmer's fault?
Neither of us were there, so it is presumptuous to make a judgment about this. From the photo, the grain does not seem very visible against the mottled road surface. I'm not sure I would have seen it, either.
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Old 07-10-2009, 09:16 AM   #13
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I'm really sorry about your scrape man. THat sucks big time. However, I did want to note what you said about the clinic -- amazing review over all and it makes me jealous. I don't know how represenvative my experience of the healthcare system is in the U.S. but I can't fathom a clinic here giving a flying @#$%# about storing a patient's motorcycle.
I doubt the clinic itself officially arranged for storage. Individual people stepping up to help out an injured person is what it sounded like to me.
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Old 07-10-2009, 09:17 AM   #14
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Ouch man! Glad you are OK and the bike isn't trashed.
Quite likely the farmer didn't even know the grain spilled.
And certainly difficult at best to recognize it on the road while at speed.
Just glad this wasn't a worse tale than it is.
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Old 07-10-2009, 10:09 AM   #15
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Glad your not hurt worse, but seriously you have an attitude like that and plan to ride South America? Get familiar with face plant because this is not going to be your last thread here at that rate. The farmer (if it was a farmer, probably some truck driver) never knew it was spilled.

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