So , I started vacation as of yesterday , and woke up this morning , wanting to go get in a good ride and decided to take a back twisty road around here called " Redhill-Maxwell Road " - it's a road I never ride in the late evenings or after dark because of all the deer out that way , but MAN is it a fun road.
Anyway , I take off about 11:30 am today , and head out there , and just really cruising along , not doing anything stupid , I'm pretty conservative at riding. Plus I'm wearing those new Teknic riding boots , and they're so different from wearing tennis shoes that it changes my riding position to some extent and I can't " feel " the shifter or brake with my feet like I used to, so I'm riding even slower than normal on the trip out.
I decided to follow that road until it came to an end, I had nowhere else to go , and like I said , it is a very fun road to ride . It does have some patchwork done on it though , where the road was cracking and they patched it with tar , looks like someone stood there and poured out 5 inch wide strips of tar across the pavement. Have you ever noticed how slick that shit is when it's hot
So I'm riding along , and I pass two country churches way the hell out there , like 20 miles out, so I make a mental note to self , and I say " Self , watch it , because on the way back, some backwoods Sunday driver is gonna pull out in front of your ass right there ". Well , not long after that I finally come to the end of the road where it comes back out on the highway , and I turn it around , and ride it back in.
And lo' and behold , when I approach the 2nd church on my way back in , sure enough some old couple in a black explorer pull out in front of me. No big deal because I was expecting that to happen , and they were going along at about 50 mph once they picked up speed. It slowed me from my 60-70mph pace , but it was no big deal. That's when we came upon the car that evidently pulled out 5 minutes before they did from church, and it was running about 40 mph.
I couldn't stand it, but I didn't want to make an ass out of myself, so I gritted my teeth and beared it for as long as I could. Finally , there was my chance , the slow POS in front signaled a right hand turn. I waited and made sure the black Explorer wasn't going to pass him on the left as he made the turn , and when I saw it wasn't going to , I passed them both. I didn't lay into it and show off the mighty power of my 600 like some squid , I just " quickly " went around and signaled back into the lane .
That's when the damn deer decided to go ahead and come out of the corn field to my left.
Who would have thought a deer would've been out and about at this time of day ? It seemed like it happend in slow motion too, but here it came , out of the field , kind of running from my left , to my right front , kind of running diagonally across. It was a huge doe , and I saw it in plenty of time to get on the brakes, so I put it in the center of the road , no traffic was oncoming , and watched it come out onto the pavement. I figured that once it heard my bike it would bolt right in front of me , so I layed into the horn , and sure enough , it scared the shit out of the deer and across it came.
Since I put myself in the center of the road , I knew that whichever way it went , I had the entire other lane to go around , so it really wasn't a big deal. But that deer was so close I could've smacked it on the ass. Actually , I thought about smacking it , but figured that would end up getting me kicked off the bike from it being scared shitless. The end result was it skidded across the road on it's ass / hind legs because of the slick blacktop to my right , and I was able to buzz around it in the left hand lane.
Made me glad that I didn't squid out and nail the throttle around that black explorer, or I may have been posting pictures of my bike in pieces or worse.
Sorry for the long rant , but hey , somebody had to listen , might as well be you guys
*** CLIFF NOTES ***
Went for a ride , and at about noon had a deer run across the road right in front of me. Who would have thought a deer would be crossing the road at high noon ? Morning , yes , evening and night , definately , but noon ??
Be careful out there