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« on: March 27, 2018, 09:44:33 PM »

The Ides of March

Being constantly alert will always pay off.

Today I had to catch an early morning train from Philly to Baltimore, Maryland. The weather was finally warm enough (38F) that I felt safe enough to ride into to town (I live in New Jersey) instead of taking the two trains like I had been doing since mid-January. Leaving home around 5 am it was still dark with no sign of the sun anywhere. I was looking forward to a quiet ride with hardly any commuters on the road. As I was heading to the Ben Franklin Bridge on a small highway doing about 55 in a 45, I was in the passing lane with no one to share the road with save a Jeep that had passed me a minute before. To my left was a hip high concrete barrier that separated my side of the highway from the other going in the opposite direction.

Fortunately I was awake enough and not deep in thought when I saw something up ahead. It was just a smudge shape in the darkness welling against the barrier, then when about 50-70 feet away I saw what it was. A full grown German Shepherd was padding down the highway coming in my direction. Resisting the urge to grab a hand full of brake I shifted slightly to my right, coasted into the next lane and avoided hitting the dog by about 5-6 feet. It didn't even flinch, as if walking the wrong way down a highway at 5 in the morning was an everyday thing.

Fill in the obligatory exclamations here - both the biblical and the sailor type. I think I said them all before I coasted back into my original lane. The hardest part after that was to resist re-playing the event over and over in my head least I run into another road
hazard, or any car in front of me. My attention needed to be on the road. I could ponder my close call later.

Obviously I made it to Baltimore, but the event was still unnerving, enough for me to share it here. Despite the date it still could be the Ides of March. Keep alert about there. You never know what dog will be in your path.

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« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2018, 02:48:33 PM »

it still could be the Ides of March.

... or the Dog Days of Summer Spring.

Seriously, yours is a fascinating story, and I have traveled this bridge a few times. Very early morning rides are great, but those hours of the day often bring some of the most unusual and unexpected circumstances. Your call to keep alert is 'Spot' on.
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« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2018, 05:48:43 AM »

Imagine a flock of sheep just around a tight corner.
A bus deciding that half your lane is his too. Now visualize that at the apex of a left hand turn.
Welcome to Greece where riding is never dull.
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« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2018, 02:46:39 PM »

The sheep sound pretty scary. The animator in me sees the rider landing in a soft, fluffy mass of wool ;). Yeah, buses are bad everywhere. I've dodged being squashed ones or twice myself.

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« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2018, 04:03:37 PM »

The sheep sound pretty scary. The animator in me sees the rider landing in a soft, fluffy mass of wool ;). Yeah, buses are bad everywhere. I've dodged being squashed ones or twice myself.

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Where there are a flock of sheep you can bet there is a thick trail of sheep-doo. You'll want to add that into your cartoon. Oh, BTW, you'd think that something that can so tenaciously stick to the underside of your shoe wouldn't be so slick under a tire. 
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« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2018, 07:33:18 PM »

scooterwolf makes a good point though.
When traveling, some things you may be prepared for, such as the sheep and bus.
For me, turkey & deer are common.
A dog coming toward you on the interstate would more likely catch you unaware.
My mind went to imagining a 747 in my mirror doing an emergency landing 
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« Reply #6 on: March 30, 2018, 04:32:28 PM »

Where there are a flock of sheep you can bet there is a thick trail of sheep-doo. You'll want to add that into your cartoon. Oh, BTW, you'd think that something that can so tenaciously stick to the underside of your shoe wouldn't be so slick under a tire. 

Ha! I may have to animate that!

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« Reply #7 on: March 30, 2018, 04:33:52 PM »

scooterwolf makes a good point though.
When traveling, some things you may be prepared for, such as the sheep and bus.
For me, turkey & deer are common.
A dog coming toward you on the interstate would more likely catch you unaware.
My mind went to imagining a 747 in my mirror doing an emergency landing 


That would definitely wake me up and make me hope I was wearing a pair of brown colored jeans.

- Wolf
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