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I had my first bird strike last night while I was on my way up Big Cottonwood Canyon. I just got past Solitude (the resort) cruising at about 60mph when I noticed someting out of the corner of my eye. Luckily what I saw must have also seen me and made an adjustment. He made a quick adjustment that put him angled with my direction of travel. Also in my good fortune he was small and not carrying too much mass. It was a quick thump to the abs and then to the leg. I can only assume he flew off since I didn't see him on the way back. I hadn't put on my jacket yet since it was still in the mid 80's at 9pm in the valley, but down to the upper 50's in the mountains. I'd heard horror stories of humming birds sticking in your chest at hwy speeds. Anybody else had a negative experience with an avian on the hwy?
 

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First, glad you made it through it. I had a waterfowl enter the roadway from the highway side river I was following. It turned to go the same direction I was heading but at 60 mph, it had no chance to outrun me. Anyway, it tried several times to get out of my way before running its backside onto the toes of my right boot, leaving a very nasty white stripe. Anyway, I saw it rolling on the road behind me before I flew off, no harm no fowl....ha ha :D
 

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only a couple of close calls with birds(seagulls) but last weekend i had to lock the back
brake for a second when a deer crossed in front of me on a nite ride we were on :shock:
we have alot of that down here so we are used to paying alot of attention to the
roadsides when we hit long wooded stretches-especially at night

course-some of our bugs down here are as big as birds :lol:
 

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speaking of bugs & the south, I don't even know how one can get out & ride when those pesky love bugs are out & about. :x
 

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you really have to aquire a test for love bugs-most folks don't like them at first,but the flavor
kind of grows on you-and its always 2 for 1 :lol:
 

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I know they can get thick. Once, while driving my truck from Morgan City to New Orleans (70 miles maybe), I had to stop twice at carwashes so that I could spray off the window so that I could see :evil:
 

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we learned a trick down here when running I10 - we spray the nose of our cars/trucks
with PAM vegetable spray and just let them collect then hit the car wash and rinse the
whole mes off - pam won't hurt the fininsh and the car stays nice and clean 8)
 

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Thats a good tip for those of you still in the Love-Bug Corridore. We don't have them uphere in the left corner of the country, thank goodness for that too. I do know that if given the chance to set on the paint, their guts will eat into the paint and ruin the front of your car! That I learned from experience, fortunatley, it was only a '76 chevy vega so nothing really important got ruined.
 

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yep - their guts are like acid,eat right thru the paint if baked on :evil:

i had a mustang cobra(yea,i know,what was i thinking :lol: )a while back that was white and i learned real quick how to avoid all that scrubbing :lol:
 

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speaking of bugs & the south, I don't even know how one can get out & ride when those pesky love bugs are out & about. :x

you had to bring those things up...they are bad here right now as all the rain we have had has brought them out in full force...
 

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Yes the bugs are bad in the South, and idiot birds of all size and temperment are plentiful, but the worse thing that has happened to me was when I was 16 years old(many moons ago) growing up in North Fla. I was driving my first bike a Honda SL100 down to the river when I saw a truck turned over in the ditch I was going about 60 mph as I passed it and realized it was loaded with beehives. They were swarming and they were PISSED! I pulled 8 of thier stingers out of my chest and am very thankfull that I was wearing a full-face helmet at the time! To this day I kill every d#@^7 bee I can.
I'LL TAKE BUGS OVER BEES ANY OLD TIME!
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:shock: ouch!! bees.i got wacked by a black bird back in '80 doin about 45mph...right in the chest...but bees...****...i've run into swarms of them in my truck..mess up the hole wind shield...
 

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Hey bud8! Guess you're back at work now? Yeah those bees were bad man, I'm just glad I had a full face (closed) helmet on! I was wondering where you've been.....Elpaso called me last week but the geologist was talking about wells in Lavaca county......in about 2 months....looks like our old aera is about done for now? Let me know what you're hearing. ok
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