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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-27-2007, 06:26 AM Thread Starter
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I rode in this morning along my favorite, short twisty section and my lid was a bit fogged at the bottom. So, I didn't immediately notice the large quantity of gravel the county highway team spilled all over the apex of the second turn and my bike's rear shifted by, what felt like, a foot in either direction. The front bobbled about and I just held on for dear life. Came out of it fine and didn't lose my line ( ) but my legs and thighs were sore from gripping the bike so tightly.

Why the hell do county highway teams bother putting new gravel down on the shoulders? I mean, the f'n stuff just ends up in the road b/c cagers are busy on their cell phones and the weeds grow up along the roadside anyway.

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I hate that too. That and the fresh tar and oil.
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I hate that too. That and the fresh tar and oil.
ya going down a road full of rainbows (the oil) makes me nervous.
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I am pretty sure that a warning should have been out not only for the m/c riders but drives of cages at well that could hit the brakes to be locked up & skidding to the oncomming side or right into the ditch on the right.

Still if your helmet visor was fogging up a bit you might have MISSED the warning sign.
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...Why the hell do county highway teams bother putting new gravel down on the shoulders? I mean, the f'n stuff just ends up in the road...
Welcome to my daily nightmare.

The roads right near my home are only 1 1/2 lanes wide. When two cars meet, they must each put two wheels onto the gravel on the edge of the road to pass each other.

Earlier this year, a road crew came through with truckloads of fresh gravel to repair damaged areas. On the straight sections, everything's fine, but almost every corner now has pebbles strewn across it from where cars have had to cut the inside of the corner.

Makes for an interesting ride to / from work!




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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-28-2007, 04:13 AM Thread Starter
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I am pretty sure that a warning should have been out not only for the m/c riders but drives of cages at well that could hit the brakes to be locked up & skidding to the oncomming side or right into the ditch on the right.

Still if your helmet visor was fogging up a bit you might have MISSED the warning sign.
Let me give an anecdote to describe the likelihood of there being warning signs out. A detour for a closed road near me was posted almost 10 miles away on a different road that a few people use to get to the closed road. No other detour signs existed on the actual road that was closed and the there were no other details on where the detour went. Just one sign

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