Vinny's near death experience

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Vinny's near death experience Douglas Migden 7/28/12 12:52 AM

It was an amazing RAMROD permanent today. Vinny and I did it just fine except that we had a pretty scary experience whereby a car literally flew over Vinny's head. I was in front a few hundred yards, going down from Cayuse Pass, and heard the crash and people screaming . I turned around to see this car doing flips in the middle of the road.


It was like a scene from a war movie whereby the dust and debris of battle finally settle and the guys are still standing except that it was Vinny and his bike still standing. The car landed on its wheels facing back toward Cayuse Pass (backwards ). An elderly lady was driving and she fell asleep. She hit a stone wall while driving just behind Vinny and then her car became airborne. Amazingly she was only a little bit scraped up. Her car looked like a squished tin can. She wasn't speeding, drunk, or talking or texting on her cell phone.  She "just"  was tired and fell asleep while operating a lethal weapon behind a guy on a bike.  In fact, she even had one of those "give cyclists three feet" orange stickers on her bumper.


Vinny was pretty shaken up and sort of in shock. Except for his psyche, he was unscathed and is okay now. The guy did 35,000 km on a bike two years ago and he's been in a war and he's never had anything like this happen to him. As cyclists we always talk about cars "flying" by us. But I think Vinny is the only guy I know who has actually had a car fly over his head.  And it was only about a foot or two over his head so we are very fortunate he is still with us. 
   

  Doug

Re: [SIR] Vinny's near death experience Tom 7/28/12 2:44 AM


Elderly drivers scare me more than punks in pickups. My closest calls on my tandem were from elderly RV drivers.
Excessive daytime sleepiness can be an early sign of dementia. She should never drive again if there wasn't another legitimate cause for her falling asleep.
Vinnie
I am so glad to hear that your force field worked so well!
BTW You might as well throw those bike shorts away, you will never get them clean!

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Re: [SIR] Vinny's near death experience Amy 7/28/12 5:25 AM

Holy crap! Thankful Vinny is okay. We saw you just a few miles out of Enumclaw as we were driving towards Cayuse and later saw a Honda Element loaded on a flatbed truck looking pretty smashed. Whew Vinny your guardian angel needs a day off. Amy


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From: Douglas Migden <drmi...@aol.com>;
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Subject: [SIR] Vinny's near death experience
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Re: [SIR] Vinny's near death experience Michael Rasmussen 7/28/12 6:20 AM
On Sat, Jul 28, 2012 at 12:52:44AM -0700, Douglas Migden wrote:
>  In fact, she even had one of those "give cyclists three feet" orange stickers on her bumper.
 
Gotta admit, giving three feet on the vertical side is pretty creative.
Yay! for Vinny's safety.

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Vinny's near death experience Lynne Fitz 7/28/12 9:02 AM
Oh my. Vinny, I am so very happy you came out in one piece!
Re: [SIR] Vinny's near death experience Jeff Loomis 7/28/12 3:35 PM
I saw Vinny this morning and I think his psyche has returned to
normal.  At least the cheshire cat grin is there.

-Jeff
Re: [SIR] Vinny's near death experience Lynne Fitz 7/28/12 3:40 PM
Good to hear!

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Re: [SIR] Vinny's near death experience Albert Meerscheidt 7/28/12 3:56 PM
I've flown over a car, and played pool with a car and it's wheel - they were going in different directions, but I've never had a car fly over me - that takes skill and timing!!!
Albert
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Re: [SIR] Vinny's near death experience Vincent Muoneke 7/28/12 9:19 PM
Thanks all!

"If blood will flow, when flesh and steel are one
Drying in the color of the evening sun
Tomorrows rain, will wash the stains away
But something in our mind will always stay
Perhaps this final act was meant 
To clinch a lifetime's argument
That nothing comes from violence
And nothing ever could
For I was born beneath an angry star
Lest we forget how fragile we are"

Sting

For Mr Carr. 



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