My oh sh*t moment today
I had a free afternoon, so I headed up my local ride, highway 150 from 101 (California) to Highway 33 Ojai to Pine Mountain. It's a real twisty canyon road and a favorite among SoCal riders. I'm in Matillija Canyon about 45 mph with a black sports car, headlights on, about a hundred feet behind me, coming up fast on my tail. I didn't want to play his game and I was prepared to let him by at the next turnout, when suddenly there's a brown blur angling at me at high speed from the left side of the road just ahead. I had no time to do anything but a slight swerve to the right, as my eyes and brain suddenly was able to take a still photograph of the blur, which became a large dog that had suddenly realized that intercepting a moto was a very bad idea and that he wasn't going to be able to stop in time, so my mental still photo of the dog just a foot from my front wheel was that he was twisted around...trying to flip his body out of the way by twisting his head over behind his back to wheel around just before running into me. Somehow we avoided each other, but I'm pretty sure the black sports car behind me wasn't so lucky. As I looked at my mirrors, I could see the car braking hard - front low with headlights angling down, rear high, a panic stop. No noise over the sound of my engine, and the next turn was upon me before I could think about what had just happened. Coming out of the turn, a check of my mirrors showed no traffic behind me, and my mind pictured a dead dog, grieving and/or argumentative owner, and a very unhappy car driver. I thought for a moment about turning around, and then thought: * the dog is dead * the owner is probably taking his stupidity out on the car driver * the car driver is going to be very upset too * the dog paid for his natural instinct and his owner's stupidity with his life * I'm damn lucky that dog didn't take me out because that road is very unforgiving right there, with a hard rock wall on one side and a deep creek on the other, and I've only been back on the V a few months since having ACL knee surgery and a long recovery from last May....
Although I was rattled and felt bad about the incident, I also felt spared and glad to ride another day. I tried to push it out mind and do my ride, and I was able to do that. I'm sorry for the dog, the owner, and the car driver who was tailgating me and therefore couldn't react in time, but I'm damn thankful that it turned out OK for me. Thanks to the man up above and the things I try to do right in everyday life and lady luck. Be safe, everyone.
Someday is not a day of the week.
Last edited by Tigerpawed; 11-28-2011 at 09:53 AM.