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post #1 of 12 Old 06-07-2012, 08:49 PM Thread Starter
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Close Call Today

Man, am I glad they have wide shoulders on Nebraska roads.

I was heading home on a trip today when I passed through a construction zone following a semi. The construction zone was a short distance and traffic was being controlled by two flag men who could see each other and were probably talking on radios.

The right lane was closed and we had to switch over to the left (oncoming) lane.

No problem. We passed through the construction zone and I got ready to get back up to speed after moving back into the right lane.

The only problem was, once we'd cleared the construction zone and the highway was 2 lanes again, for some reason the truck sped up but just stayed in the left (oncoming traffic) lane.

To make things worse, the road was curvy and hilly and oncoming traffic was a real threat. I dropped back to a safe distance in the right lane behind the semi and was really hoping I wasn't going to be an eyewitness to a horrific accident.

Sure enough, as we rounded a curve and started up a hill, a pickup came over the crest of the hill. He must have been afraid to take the shoulder on the same side as the approaching semi, so he came over into my lane. I watched him and the semi pass, both in the wrong lanes and I had to take the shoulder to get out of the way of the oncoming pickup. I thought for sure at the last second it would be like a game of "chicken" and one of them would pull into the correct lane at the last second causing a head-on. I was aware of the situation and was well behind the semi. The pickup passed the semi and got back into the correct lane well before I passed him, but I was already on the shoulder. I wouldn't classify it as a "close call," but sure as hell close enough for me.

As soon as the pickup passed, the semi signalled and pulled over into the correct lane.

I have no idea what the trucker was thinking. There was nothing in the layout of the construction zone to cause confusion. We were obviously clear of it and he needed to get back into the right (correct) lane after we cleared it.

I'll tell 'ya. You just never know what the hell kind of weird shit is gonna happen when you're riding on the highways. It wasn't that long ago when I was riding down the Interstate on my way home from work at night and had a car pass by me going the wrong way; southbound in the northbound lanes.

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post #2 of 12 Old 06-07-2012, 08:59 PM
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Good Evening Planalp,

Glad to hear you tell the story after the fact. It is experience vs. stupidity and experience won. Good to hear your safe.


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post #3 of 12 Old 06-07-2012, 09:03 PM
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Glad you're ok, where did it happen specifically? Nebraska drivers are pretty much idiots IMHO. Guess where I'm from...

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post #4 of 12 Old 06-07-2012, 09:21 PM Thread Starter
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Glad you're ok, where did it happen specifically? Nebraska drivers are pretty much idiots IMHO. Guess where I'm from...

It was on Highway 75 South of Auburn. They have a very nice Veteran's Memorial in the Auburn city park: somebody spent a lot of money on it.

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post #5 of 12 Old 06-07-2012, 09:31 PM
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Dude, I'm glad your OK! You are a great example of how we need to stay on the ball while we ride these bikes!!
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post #6 of 12 Old 06-07-2012, 09:40 PM Thread Starter
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It was a lot closer call for the guy in the pickup than it was for me. Fortunately he seemed to be paying attention to what he was doing. Had he been distracted for any reason for just a couple more seconds, it would have been too late for him.

It's one of the strangest things I've seen on the road. I can "understand" some old person or some drunk going the wrong way down an off ramp into oncoming traffic, but I'll never understand why the guy driving the semi didn't get back in the right lane after he passed the construction zone.

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planalp where are you from? i live on that highway 75!
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post #8 of 12 Old 06-07-2012, 11:54 PM
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Glad you held back a safe distance to see what was happening. Cell phone or thought he was on interstate maybe. Ride Safe
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Good on you, dude. Glad you're OK. That would have gotten my heart pumping.

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post #10 of 12 Old 06-08-2012, 08:44 AM
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Maybe he is related to this guy.

Great decision to hang back!
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