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Old 02-01-2011, 02:45 PM   #29
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I think the most memorable of mine was on my way out of Myrtle Beach, SC in early morning traffic. An elderly gentleman (who's driver's license had apparently outlived his ability to make rational decisions) in a Jeep Grand Cherokee looked me dead in the face, made eye contact, and pulled right out in front of me. This is when I discovered the ABS sensor on my truck had gone bad and disabled the ABS. The warning light had burned out. In spite of my best efforts to keep from locking up the brakes, the left rear locked down hard and flat spotted both of the tires on that corner. I had to drive all the way back to Columbia with the left rear tires on the dually thumping along as a reminder of that little incident. I uttered a few expletives and thanked my lucky stars that two tires were the only casualty.
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Old 03-02-2011, 12:06 PM   #30
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Another post reminds me of an incident a number of years ago that happend on old highway BC#19, now called the West Island Hwy, near Parksville, BC.



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Was driving a GMC4104 overload for the north sched. for VICL, when a kid thru a small drug size bottle out from the rear seat of an oncoming vehicle. The bottle struck my windshield just below eyelevel and expoded onto my chest and face. Luckily, I was wearing sunglasses and my eyes were protected. Did suffer many cuts to the hands and chin. I was within 2 miles of the Parksville depot, where I reported the incident with no resuts.
Wearing glasses while driving may be a good idea at all times.
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Old 03-02-2011, 09:30 PM   #31
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I almost ran into this dude near Cave Creek, AZ. Talk about overload.

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Old 05-08-2011, 11:55 AM   #32
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Do you think a set of air spring assists would help?
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Old 07-03-2011, 10:18 AM   #33
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Another campfire tale. To Close to Call.
We were trying to make some time coming out of Florida heading for the mid west in 08.
Weather was great for travelling, and the sun had set a couple hours past, but I now needed a stop. It was one of those hot and humid late spring nights.
Gently guided the Clipper into a busy, busy Love's
in TN and backed into the only remaining slot between two moving vans. I was able to back right to the fence, under the light, and back clear of the big rigs idling.
Walked to the restaurant and had a late snack and returned and hit the sheets.
About an hour later my GW notes that there is some hot and heavy grunting happening to the left side of our Clipper. And the air quality has deteriorated somewhat!

One of the moving vans had left and the spot taken by a hog hauler. The noise, heat and aroma were unbearable, so I pulled out, bought fuel and coffee and off we went into the night.
She has never again wanted to take the chance of overnighting at any truck stop.
Now its KOA before dark or else!
Hard to get any miles on when you stop early and leave late.
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Old 07-24-2011, 09:57 PM   #34
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This sure wakes you up when your on those long drives.
Caught it on the ARK
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Old 07-25-2011, 12:43 AM   #35
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Old 07-25-2011, 01:21 AM   #36
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One of the moving vans had left and the spot taken by a hog hauler. The noise, heat and aroma were unbearable,
This reminds me of a trip when I was a child.
We were on the way for our annual summer beach vacation when the odor inside the car suddenly changed for the worse. We were all blaming my baby sister, who was recently potty trained. Just as she started those big tears and saying "it's not me", we notice we were following a hog hauler. That was over 50 years ago, and we still laugh over that one.
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Old 07-25-2011, 01:38 AM   #37
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I tried to edit the above with a big grin but was unable to. It is sitting on the post, but does catch your attention.(being ex RCAF)
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Old 09-11-2011, 11:26 PM   #38
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Right Time to use Air Horns

We were just west of McBride, BC on Yellowhead Rt. 16, 105 kph, and had to make an emergency stop to avoid the second of this pair. The Air Horns startled him enough that he fell trying to stop.

It does not look that close in the picture, but at that speed, the distance diminishes quickly.
This shot from the ARC, was the only close call so far on this current tour of the belt line between the 40th and 55 Parallel.
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The Clipper did leave some rubber on the road!
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Old 10-11-2011, 07:43 PM   #39
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Do you think I could have made it?

The CLIPPER is 12' and a little bit on dead level.



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Nope , a meter is only 39 inches
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Do you think I could have made it?

The CLIPPER is 12' and a little bit on dead level.



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You wouldn't have made it. 3m = 300cm = 118.11 inches (300 / 2.54) = 9.84 feet and change. I'm glad that you didn't try.

That road looks pretty narrow. How far did you have to back up?

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We were just west of McBride, BC on Yellowhead Rt. 16, 105 kph, and had to make an emergency stop to avoid the second of this pair. The Air Horns startled him enough that he fell trying to stop.

It does not look that close in the picture, but at that speed, the distance diminishes quickly.
This shot from the ARC, was the only close call so far on this current tour of the belt line between the 40th and 55 Parallel.
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f42/...tml#post938938

The Clipper did leave some rubber on the road!
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Dave,

Had the same thing happen to me on Nantucket this past June. It was a few minutes before dawn and the Mrs. & I were in a rented Smart car on Milestone road on our way to watch the sunrise at Siasconset Beach. I hit the horn and the breaks. The deer looked up and kinda of gave me a quizzical look and I could swear that I heard the deer laughing as I squeaked by. Glad nothing happened to you in your encounter.

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