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Old 05-01-2013, 02:16 PM   #1
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Laugh strangest road debris

Just wondering what's the strangest thing you guys have seen abandoned or dumped on the road. Bonus points for anything you had to swerve around and curious to anything you've hit ... I'll start:

1) a complete stretchy "bungee" car roof cord with metal hooks. I somehow missed seeing this and only realised I'd hit it later when I found it wrapped around my rear break drum and back wheel alloy. Lucky it didn't have me off! Oh the days of being a n00b...

2) an entire car, parked up and abandoned in the middle of a 60mph road. Saw it at 9am and again on my way back at 17:00 so I called the cops. Apparently there had been several complaints but they couldn't move it without tracing and speaking to its owners first. Car was gone the next day... Seems its owners had just parked it up when running out of gas and left it! What's most dumb was they were 100 yards from a gas station! Some people...

3) half a dog. Yeah. Half.... The back end. Yuck lol.

So what's your best and worst?
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Old 05-01-2013, 02:22 PM   #2
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A homeless man, (appeared to be drunk or high, completely out of it) crawling on all 4's, no shoes, no shirt, some ripped up jeans, right at a one lane entrance to the 118 freeway in SoCal, i almost hit him, it was 11 at night, very dark, i swerved and missed him, then pulled over and called 911.
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Old 05-01-2013, 02:24 PM   #3
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Mattresses. Why so many mattresses?
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Old 05-01-2013, 02:29 PM   #4
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Mattresses. Why so many mattresses?
Tied down at an angle starting in the back of a pick-up with the other end over the roof. The knitting yarn holding it down breaks pretty soon, and the mattress flips out the back.

Oh, I rode through the remains of a wild hog a few months ago

Thankfully it was a couple of days old and tacky not squishy, so it didn't explode when I went through. None of it got on me, that I know of...
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Old 05-01-2013, 02:30 PM   #5
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Mattresses. Why so many mattresses?

150ron's homeless drunk needed somewhere to pass out
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Old 05-01-2013, 02:39 PM   #6
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Piglets. Several of them. Somewhere in Wisconsin, going to Green Bay. Apparently one of the sows gave birth in the hog-hauler about a mile in front of me, and the little ones just spilled out through the sides. None of the piglets were moving when I rode past, so I can only hope they died quickly. I didn't stop for bacon.
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Old 05-01-2013, 02:40 PM   #7
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3 bales of hay.
i was following a pickup truck. they made a quick right hand turn and 3 hay bales fell out.
i was not following close so i weaved around them and stopped to help the lady put them back in her truck.
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Old 05-01-2013, 02:42 PM   #8
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A homeless man, (appeared to be drunk or high, completely out of it) crawling on all 4's, no shoes, no shirt, some ripped up jeans, right at a one lane entrance to the 118 freeway in SoCal, i almost hit him, it was 11 at night, very dark, i swerved and missed him, then pulled over and called 911.
lol I saw something like that once, except that he was also naked
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Old 05-01-2013, 03:05 PM   #9
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lol I saw something like that once, except that he was also naked
I remember seeing something like this on a cop show... The perp tried to escape the cops by vaulting what looked like a waist high wall at the side of the road ...not realising that the other side was a 30 foot drop to the concrete below. Guy broke his back and lets just say he never did it again

Just remembered something else I saw in the road once. A large tractor tyre. Ended up going round it as it was as wide as the one lane road... I guess it had been flytipped...
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Old 05-01-2013, 03:12 PM   #10
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About 30 years ago going down an unlit road in the middle of nowhere suddenly I hit a matress. I said holy shit did you see that to my girlfriend. That's when we ran over the box-spring. Bike stayed up. Headlights used to really suck.
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About 100 pages of related reading material!

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=145779
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Old 05-01-2013, 03:56 PM   #12
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Last week heading home from work I had to swerve to miss a full size extension ladder laying all the way across the lane. I've also seen a washing machine still strapped to a tow dolly, and many years ago while driving a work truck I passed a couch in the fast lane of I-26.
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Old 05-01-2013, 04:04 PM   #13
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I used to service machnery at remote sites in Oregon, so I drove around 60k per year just for the job. In 6 years I got to see:

Most of an elk. It headbutted a school bus, and lost.

A 24' aluminum extension ladder in the center lane of I-205 near Clackamas

A car seat

Two pallets of Coca-Cola (intact, not one can burst).

A 3/4 mile long trail of what looked like pink house paint.

several bales of hay

a christmas tree

Most of a pre-built garden shed

I can't remember them all. It seems like there was something weird nearly every week.
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Old 05-01-2013, 04:13 PM   #14
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I have seen everything including the kitchen sink! Moron's can't secure a load for shit around here in DFW.
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Old 05-01-2013, 04:40 PM   #15
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While cruising a two lane blacktop a pickup truck liner flew out of the back of an oncoming truck. Wind blew it out of my lane but it made my eyes go wide.
One evening I was two up when a moose crossed the road in front of me with a calf following very close behind her. I went between them. I asked my passenger if she was scared by it. She said no. Good cause I was scared enough for the both of us.
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