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Old 06-09-2017, 06:47 AM   #1
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Hit a critter on the way to campground lastnigh

It is going to be a hot weekend so we decided to go camping this weekend
at a local county park where they have a nice swimming lake. We opted to pull the camper there lastnight and the wife and I were going to spend the night, then we each were going to work today. The kids are at the grand parents so this worked out well. On the way there I was driving the Yukon pulling the camper and my wife is following in my WRX. It doesn't help that she hates driving the car and this is her 3rd time driving it so she isn't used to it at all.

As I am making my way around a bend in the road which is near some ponds all of a sudden a HUGE snapping turtle races out into the road in front of me. Well OK it was moving at huge snapping turtle speed. It was near the side of the road still but in my lane I start to shift left into the oncoming lane to go around him but then there were cars coming. I now had to either hit it with the camper tires or cut right and try to pass over it. I chose right but I wasn't going to swerve too hard with the camper, didn't make it. Hit it with the truck tires and not sure where it went from there. We get to the park to check in and my wife's eyes were about like this She said she was driving down the road and all of a sudden she sees this huge turtle flying through the air. Luckily she avoided it.

I looked things over when I got to the campground but didn't see any damage.
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Probably a female looking to lay eggs.
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poor turtle...
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Yeah I don't like hitting things but swerving to avoid them is what gets people killed. It is pretty rare that I hit something with the truck. A bird every now and then. Well I guess I hit 6 ducks once. They were sitting in the tall grass in the ditch between a divided highway. I was in the left lane and all of a sudden they took off right in front of me. Took 3 to the windshield and at least 3 in the side of the truck.

I have hit more animals on my motorcycles than cars/trucks though. I average 4 birds a year normally small ones. The only one that hurt was a woodpecker that I took to the helmet. Over the years I have hit other critters less often. Deer was the biggest, raccoon, couple rabbits, lots of squirrels. Again, I don't aim for them but I am not swerving to avoid them either.
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Yeah I don't like hitting things but swerving to avoid them is what gets people killed. It is pretty rare that I hit something with the truck. A bird every now and then. Well I guess I hit 6 ducks once. They were sitting in the tall grass in the ditch between a divided highway. I was in the left lane and all of a sudden they took off right in front of me. Took 3 to the windshield and at least 3 in the side of the truck.

I have hit more animals on my motorcycles than cars/trucks though. I average 4 birds a year normally small ones. The only one that hurt was a woodpecker that I took to the helmet. Over the years I have hit other critters less often. Deer was the biggest, raccoon, couple rabbits, lots of squirrels. Again, I don't aim for them but I am not swerving to avoid them either.
LOL!, Sorry, couldn't help but chuckle.
I am sure hitting the ducks traumatic, but the visual of ducks and feathers flying in all directions sure made me laugh.
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LOL!, Sorry, couldn't help but chuckle.
I am sure hitting the ducks traumatic, but the visual of ducks and feathers flying in all directions sure made me laugh.
Yeah that one scared the crap out of me. I think a truck going the other way scared them so they flew out right in front of me. I didn't see them until a split second before they were slamming into the windscreen and my driver's side window.

The woodpecker to the helmet was another one that sucked. All I had time to do was dip my head a bit so it hit my forehead area and not come through the visor. Had a sore neck for a few days after that one. It was a pretty big woodpecker.

Then there was the time I got a bee in my helmet. A hot summer day and I had the visor up and sunglasses on. I was speeding as I was pulling away from a light that just turned green. A bee or wasp hits my glasses and it startles me and I lift my head back a bit in a flinch. The air caught my visor just right and it snaps closed. That was about the time I realized I have a very much alive and pissed off bee or wasp in my helmet with me. Here I am going about 50 by then trying to get the visor open, shaking my head while get stopped. That one was probably funnier to the people around me. Or at least made them wonder what the heck is wrong with me.
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Yeah I don't like hitting things but swerving to avoid them is what gets people killed. It is pretty rare that I hit something with the truck. A bird every now and then. Well I guess I hit 6 ducks once. They were sitting in the tall grass in the ditch between a divided highway. I was in the left lane and all of a sudden they took off right in front of me. Took 3 to the windshield and at least 3 in the side of the truck.

I have hit more animals on my motorcycles than cars/trucks though. I average 4 birds a year normally small ones. The only one that hurt was a woodpecker that I took to the helmet. Over the years I have hit other critters less often. Deer was the biggest, raccoon, couple rabbits, lots of squirrels. Again, I don't aim for them but I am not swerving to avoid them either.
A couple years ago I was riding my motorcyle home late one night along an unlit highway. As I entered an intersection that had a streetlight, I saw a quick blur in front of me and instantly got hit in the face with what seemed like an extra fuzzy tennis ball but also kind of slapped at the same time (open face helmet).

Turns out it was a small bat hunting bugs in the light... This is how I can tell the story of surviving a 100 kilometer an hour bat to the face!
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Why did the turtle cross the road? To...oh, never mind.
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in 51 years of driving with well over 1,000,000 miles I have hit 1 bird, 1 rabbit, and 1 gopher
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in 51 years of driving with well over 1,000,000 miles I have hit 1 bird, 1 rabbit, and 1 gopher
Be careful what you say. My parents just got back from Yellowstone a week ago. He kept saying he has driven for 65 years and never hit a deer. He hit one on the way back home. It must have been hiding behind the one tree in North Dakota...

Of course I was giving him a hard time then I hit the turtle. Of course he is now giving me a hard time asking how hard was it to chase down a turtle.

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