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Grazed by a boat(11 posts)

Grazed by a boatmike mcmahon
Sep 2, 2001 5:04 AM
Yesterday I was descending a mountain road that fortunately doesn't have much vehicle traffic. About 2/3 of the way down, I hear a car back and out of the corner of my eye see a white pick-up. Every time the road straightens out, I pull as far right as I can safely go to let the truck pass. It pulls closer but doesn't pass. As we head into a right curve, the driver suddenly decides to pass. Next thing I know, I've got a white GMC diesel no more than six inches from my left elbow and I'm riding about six inches from the end of the asphalt at about 30 mph. As he's SLOWLY passing me, I'm checking the surface to the right in case I have to bail out: rock-strewn mountain. The truck finally passes and I breathe a sigh of relief, until I realize that the truck is towing a boat. The boat extends another 6-10 inches outside the truck and actually hits my left arm between the elbow and shoulder as the driver is attempting to negotiate the right curve. Now I'm right on the edge of the asphalt with my heart rate at about 200. Finally, he gets past me and continues down the mountain with the boat trailer testing the limits of the pavement at every curve. To add insult to injury, he seems to slow after passing me and I spend the rest of a fun descent right behind a boat towed by a truck spewing diesel fumes. Well, at least the other four hours and ten minutes of the ride was fun.
re: Grazed by a boatCT1
Sep 2, 2001 5:47 AM
Yikes.... good to hear that you survived your close call.

Hey, was it hot and muggy on Sat, or what!!! I nearly got cooked on my shortish ride.... I can't Imagine spending 4+ hours in the canyons yesterday. You da man! ;)

ride on
JohnG

Oh, RBR sucks the big one! :(
Yeah, my computer lied to memike mcmahon
Sep 2, 2001 9:35 AM
I checked weather.com Friday night and it told me that the high temp up in Tujunga would be 82. It felt that hot when I hit the base of the climb at Big Tujunga Canyon at about 7:30 a.m. Went up Big Tujunga to Angeles Forest to Angeles Crest. Actually the weather wasn't too bad, as I was out of the canyon by approximately 9:00.
Yeah, my computer lied to meCT1
Sep 2, 2001 12:30 PM
Mike

Have you ever been up to the top of mountain just north of the Olive view(?) hospital? I usually get there by Sand Canyon and Bear Divide road. There is a killer climb at the very end .... just past the big fire/ranger station. The last 150m must be something like 25% grade. You can also get to Bear Divide via Little Tujunga which turns into Sand Canyon. The Bear Divide road is really just an seriously old access road for the fire station. The ashalt is almost like pave in places.

How was the traffic on AC yesterday?

ride on
JohnG
I don't know that climbmike mcmahon
Sep 2, 2001 1:42 PM
Maybe we can head out together some time and you can lead me through it--after the weather cools off a bit. Traffic wasn't bad on Tujunga, Angeles Forest, or Angeles Crest. You probably know that the area is a haven for dudes decked out in full leathers looking to test the limits of their "crotch-rockets." Anyhow, there was a motor officer out there yesterday who was making their lives miserable by following along behind them just at the speed limit. He didn't seem to be pulling anyone over, just making sure they didn't have any fun. After some close encounters with speeding motorcycles up there, I was happy to see him.
I don't know that climbCT1
Sep 2, 2001 2:29 PM
Mike

Yup.... there has been a fed grant for the last few years for additional motor patrols to help the MC crowd survive to old age. I really hate finding body parts on the road....... on second thought I could use some new (well, slightly scuffed) leathers ;)

Yeah, I haven't been up to the top of Bear divide in a couple of months..... it does get warm out there! I'd figure by the middle of Sep it should be reasonable early in the morning. I've got to do that ride at least once a week from the middle of Sep on as I need some hill work to get prepared for the 5 county century in October(?). The 5 county is a nice century ... full support from LA Wheelmen.... a little over 8K feet of climbing but it didn't seem that hard to me for some reason when I did it last year. Maybe because the first two hours I was freezing and couldn't even think about my legs. ;)

drop me a line if you want to check out the Bear Divide climb. johnnymg2@yahoo.com

ride hard
JohnG
what's your point?U Whyner
Sep 2, 2001 6:10 AM
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no need for thatpeloton
Sep 2, 2001 6:20 AM
We can all be civil here. Not all of us can be so tough that getting grazed by boats doens't bother us.

Sorry to hear about your close call Mike. It is truly amazing how little people can regard your safety when you are on a bike. Sometime I almost feel like I am inconviencing people by asking that they not kill me as they pass. What can you do?
re: Grazed by a boatAkirasho
Sep 2, 2001 9:44 AM
... glad to see you survived... albeit after touching someone else's boat without their permission... maxing out your heart rate... and breathing that fresh mountain air.

Today, three of us were on a rolling state route that is a major thorofare for traffic to a large state park reservoir. Aside from having no shoulder... large SUV's (some towing boats) travelling at speed... and the rolling curves... I was just waiting for my head to get whacked from behind by someone's mirror (on my 'bent, my head is 'bout mirror whackin' high). Luckily, nothing more than buffeting from said vehicles, a screamin' downhill run to the reservoir area and an otherwise pleasant day out on the bike. I feel for ya!

Be the bike.
Good job hangin in therechar
Sep 2, 2001 1:18 PM
Mike,

Glad you made out ok, you must have nerves of steel. Somewhat similar experience riding home Friday from work( no boat), truck would not pass when the road was straight and clear, but crept up during the turns (which a bike can take faster). My basic rule is: the faster you are traveling the more you ride in the center of the lane.

Charlie
Good job hangin in theregusriley
Sep 2, 2001 6:29 PM
>>>>My basic rule is: the faster you are traveling the more you ride in the center of the lane.

Amen to that!!