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I hate these moments. This is an outcome where "On" you live, "Off" you die.

I was on my trip out west last month on my new 2012 wing with abs.

It happened this way:

I was on Colorado hwy 149 headed to Montrose about 50 miles south of route 50. On this section of 149 it really opens up, speed limit 65, a good quality two lane out in the middle of hilly open space. I came over a rise and a kid is in my lane skateboarding with his back to me. He is zig/zagging within my lane. Well we all know that fatalities are caused by stupid people doing stupid things.

So I have 3 seconds to impact. I thought of zigging when the fool zagged but quickly gave that up and swerved into the other lane and swore at the jerk as I passed closely. The result was not "OFF" for me or the skateboarder. I definitely used up one of my lives that day.

I stayed in Montrose that night and pondered the events of the day as I watched CNN in Motel 6. Oh, my wife was riding pillion.

I'm back at home now. It was a great 3 week trip and was uneventful except for that moment. In my 40 years of riding I've had many other On/Off moments and I've hated each one.
 

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Yes Sir, absolutely too many of the LONG BOARDERS are so happy that they can they don't stop to think if the should or not!

Glad you missed him. Part of me is wishing the separation distance between you and the boarder was very small--- not to raise your stress or anxiety, but, to cause the boarder to evacuate his colon in his shorts right there for doing something stupid and living to tell about it!
 

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I'm glad that you and SO and the 'boarder' were not injured.
Like they say: Theres no pill for ''stupid'' !
 

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3 seconds is a lot. At 65mph you travel the length of a football field in just over three seconds.

Slowing down and getting on the horn or even stopping was not an option?

Was it double yellow? Anyone on your tail?

Sharing the road goes both ways right or wrong and there are indeed more bicycles and long board riders than ever on some of "our" favorite roads.

So did you give him an escort down the rest of the hill and then check out his board?
:shrug:

Check out this kids appointment with destiny….
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0ykwaP4LrQ
 

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3 seconds is a lot. At 65mph you travel the length of a football field in just over three seconds.

Slowing down and getting on the horn or even stopping was not an option?

Was it double yellow? Anyone on your tail?

Sharing the road goes both ways right or wrong and there are indeed more bicycles and long board riders than ever on some of "our" favorite roads.

So did you give him an escort down the rest of the hill and then check out his board?
:shrug:

Check out this kids appointment with destiny….
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0ykwaP4LrQ
Jean Yves Blondeau buggy rolling down Grimsel Pass in the Swiss Alps makes the kid on the skateboard look like an amateur. Blondeau passes two motorcycles on the way down. :doorag:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tlbXl77nLXA
 

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Jean Yves Blondeau buggy rolling down Grimsel Pass in the Swiss Alps makes the kid on the skateboard look like an amateur. Blondeau passes two motorcycles on the way down. :doorag:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tlbXl77nLXA
pretty darned skilled, but I have no respect for anyone who does stuff like that on an open road - especially when he was swinging so wide on the hairpin turns.
 

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I hate these moments. This is an outcome where "On" you live, "Off" you die
I was on Colorado hwy 149 headed to Montrose about 50 miles south of route 50. On this section of 149 it really opens up, speed limit 65, a good quality two lane out in the middle of hilly open space. I came over a rise and a kid is in my lane skateboarding with his back to me. He is zig/zagging within my lane. Well we all know that fatalities are caused by stupid people doing stupid things
Live & learn, BW, live & learn.
In the wide open spaces of the West there are many things in & on the road that can take a rider out, especially in "hilly open spaces".
Antelope, deer, horses, cows, coyotes & slow moving ranch vehicles to name a few.
What can we do? Ride alert & expect the unexpected.
happy trails,
the hobo
 

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Sounds like you did fine...Only trouble I see is that you watch CNN. :joke:
 

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An indication of a skillful, careful, or lucky rider is one who can ride thousands of miles for year after year without a close call. I'm working on 11 years since being ejected from my bike and body slammed on the pavement. Pain and a broken motorcycle are excellent teachers.
 
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