What Were The Worst Riding Conditions You Ever Experienced?


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Here is a different thought when you think it can't get worse: I had a health issue 8 years ago after my son was murdered. I was hunting and only 100 yards from my truck. I became light headed and couldn't walk due to an interior bleed. I was crawling back to my truck and I reached a point where I couldn't go another inch. I was pretty sure that was "The End". So I prayed. I was raised Catholic and we weren't supposed to pray for ourselves, only other people. I came to grips with that. Anyways THE MOMENT I started to pray, I became stronger and was able to make it to my truck, and the hospital. I was there 3 days. That is my story.
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I have had a few over the years. Oklahoma for the February Candy Ass Run that I never made but still had to drive home with my snowmobile suit covered by my old rainsuit. The hot shower felt so good but hurt as circulation was restored to my legs.

My most recent was coming home from San Diego last year. Rain and cold and fog and cold temperatures were no fun. I thought San Diego was hot and dry but not when I was there. Coming home I hit Vail Pass in Colorado and that was miserable! Cold and wet with light snow, slush. I tucked in behind 2 semis but couldn't keep up with them because my back tire kept slipping and causing me to fishtail. On top of that I was towing my Bunkhouse trailer and having a heck of a time. I was moving about 10-15 miles per hour all the way up and over. I don't normally use flashers while driving but I was really worried that someone would not see me in the spray and snow. I finally got over the pass and pulled into the first gas station to gas up and see if I could find out about the weather. The station had a monitor that showed the road ahead and I found that it was pretty clear except near the tunnels. I had a windshield totally iced over when I stopped but it gradually melted. I don't have any desire to ever go through that again.

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Dam, that's hard core.
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Well my worst was riding to Virginia Beach. Saw the black clouds so we stopped to put our rain suits on, paid the toll on the Chesapeake Bay bridge and tunnel. Not far after got hit by a thunder storm. I had trouble holding the bike with the cross winds, thought that the winds would just push us over the ramp in the bay. The thunder was falling a couple hundred feet away in the water. I was scared, really scared no where to stop. Got to the first tunnel 1 mile, wow, felt good no wind. Got out back on the bridge raining really hard, but the winds were not as bad got a cross the 17 miles without falling. On the other side sun was out and we were steaming, dried up in minutes.
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I use to live in Las Vegas (2005), there was a bike rally called The Laughlin River Run. Obviously in Laughlin NV. No rooms available there so we had to get one in Kingman AZ, only about 20 miles away, with a big mountain in between. We spent a nice evening in Laughlin, some casino play and various other activities. As the night pressed on it looked like some weather moving in and the decision was made to head for the motel in Kingman. Heading out and climbing that mountain the weather went from bad to worse, as we topped the crest of that mountain, the skies opened up. This is back in my V-Twin days and no rain gear! Oh well, if you ride enough you are going to get wet. Then the s**t hit the fan. 1/2 to 3/4 inch hale. Torrents of those icy balls hitting us. Slow down and hunker down. Get to the bottom of the mountain and thankfully it was only rain now. Get the motel and looked like a couple of drowned rats and believe me there were some bruises too.
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Many years ago I was heading to a friends house for the weekend. As I was riding the sky kept getting darker and darker, I decided to pull over and put on my rain gear. Buy the time I got back on the highway the skies had opened up and and it rained like I had never seen before. I was down to about 40KPH (25mph) when I looked down at my feet and there was so much water on the road my boots were completely under water from the wake of my front tire. By now the clouds were green and it just kept raining harder and harder. I stopped under the next bridge, got off the bike and went and sat as high up as I could under the bridge. A few minutes later a guy and his family in a pick up towing a boat pulled in behind my bike, I went down to ask if everything was all right and he said he was a Goldwing owner and knew how unsafe a parked bike on the side of the highway was so pulled in to protect my bike from possible traffic issues.(You meet the nicest people on a Honda :o) After about 15 minutes the rain started letting up I thanked the guy and headed on my way. Arrive at my destination about 35 min later to find out a town that had never had a tornado, had one about 45 min before I arrived. I now know what green skies usually mean and avoid them at all costs.
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I've seen green skies only twice, and it was ugly.
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Having been raised in OKC, OK the Green Skies is a phenomenon you really don't want to see.
and I have seen my share of them, the latest last year here in Oologah, OK while I watched the trail of the tornado pass us by approx 2 mile to the north of us....

Distance in the dark of night skies is impossible to judge, you have frequent flashes of God's Wrath and that is about all to judge distance by........ 1 thousand and 3 ........ damn that is close !!!! :?
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Through my many years of riding, I have had several rides that I wish I had never done. My wife and I had been on a trip from Montana to the East coast and back. We were going west out of Omaha , Nebraska and we were in a very heavy rainstorm. The freeway traffic was actually slowing down and we stayed right with them. It got so heavy that finally the traffic actually stopped. I figured there was an accident ahead so we stayed stopped and meanwhile our boots were filling with water but nothing we could do about it. Finally after about a half hour of nearly drowning , I pulled off into the left lane and found room enough to proceed slowly. After an hour of passing stopped traffic, there was no accident. They just couldn't see the road because of so much rain. We pushed onward and probably an hour later we were under clear skies. We always pulled a trailer and virtually never stayed in motels. This time we finally did so we could get dried out. As I recall it was in the last town on the western border of Nebraska. To this very day, I have never seen rain like that day.
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Well this story is not the worst trip as I have already posted that story. Here is a short sweet version of it. It was 29 degreess out and I was on a 3 lane freeway and no cars behind me or going the opposite direction. Bottom line, freeway was closed do to ice, I was on the closed road for over 50 miles. Fun, well, sort of!

This story is about rain. I was inspired by Lee St Clair's story. We were on a organized ride called the Oregon 250. We, my wife and I, were wet before we left the check out. Several bikes quit running, their electrical systems were flooded. The bike beside us in the parting lot could not get started. My wife uses arm crutchs that she holds on her lap. By the time I got her on the bike and her step stool stode, her feet were soaked, mine not so much. Cold yes, wet not yet.

Anyway the route took us to Astoria, for those of you who don't know, Astoria is on the coast. Guess where the weather was coming from. We were on a two lane hwy, my wife droped one of her crutchs. she thinks to this day it floated away. I stoped immediatly, still just bearly on the road, jumped off the bike, ran towards her crutch which was lying on the road in the middle of the traffic lane. There was a car coming up fast, I was still running, waving my arms and yelling. The car driver swerved straight for her crutch. I just bearly snatched it up before the car was on top of where her crutch was. There was also a big puddle next to the spot. The car then aimed towards the center of the puddle. Guess what happened next. Yep, a wall of water hit me. Our riding gear is very good, but not that good, I was now socked all the way to my skin, top to bottom. Now my feet were wet.
Now, some might say the the driver could not see her crutch and did not know about the puddle. Normally I would agree with them. But when someone aims for an item, well, thats different.

We stopped at a hanmburger joint and the owner was kind enough to let us set there until our gear got dryer. Did it stop raining, NO. We got back to the finish point and of the 25 brave souls that actualy went out, only 5 finished. My wife has now make a bag to store her crutches in, it looks like I'm straping on a rifle. There's a story for that also. Some day I will tell you.

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my story goes back to about 1958 or '59, I rode my Cushman scooter to my uncle's farm in Yukon, OK and messed around there way too long before starting back to home in OKC a couple hours after dark....

my route paralleled the Canadian River and June Bugs and all kinds of flying critters attacked me....
that was the longest 15 mile ride I ever rode. :roll:
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Hard to pick, but the worst RIDE has to have been one time about 20 years ago when I had no choice but to KEEP riding, while the air temp crashed about 40 degrees in 40 minutes (so much for "global warming") with an unexpected ice storm in Utah.

I got caught about halfway between Wendover and the truck stop at Delle, so it made more sense to keep heading east. The stop was closed due to power outage, so the next stretch was to Lake Point (30 more miles). The pickup trailer had an extended ETA (ALL of us got caught out, and guys closer in had priority), so I warmed up long enough to drink one cup of cocoa, then went another 10 miles to the Freightliner dealer, caged and drank another cocoa, then got from there the last 10 miles home. Total miles as a black and white Kawasaki snowmobile = appx 80, 2 hours, 2 much black ice.

When I got home, I could barely get unassed and into the house. I set the furnace to Deep Fat Fry, and it was maybe an hour before I could face the agony of getting debooted, undressed and into the tub to thaw the rest of the way.


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