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PostPosted: 07 Feb 2016, 14:16 
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I had an interesting experience this morning. Yesterday I set a few new coon sets out at the two farmsteads that I trapped last year in Jan. and early Feb. On one of the main roads I take to work (the farmsteads are just off of that a mile or two) there were a couple of slick spots as the wind was up and blowing snow across the road in these places. Luckily each one wasn’t very long, only a second or two to go through them but hitting them at 60 I could feel the car slide a bit.

On the way back after doing my thing, a big GM suv like a Yukon or such gets on the highway behind me entering from one of the gravel township roads. There are quite a few “exurban” residences out in the country in this area, non-farming people economically tied to the city but wanting the “country life”, sometimes they may have a horse for the kids but mostly they just like to mow big lots (1-5 acres) of lawns. Trappintime, doc, and trapper Rick would be surprised that the majority of these people don’t have a veggie garden or any fruit trees or bushes but mostly just lawns and decorative or maybe wind block trees. These exurban residences tend to range in price from about $300-600+ K in my metro area. So the guy in the Yukon has gained on me but isn’t riding my tail as we head down this 2-lane highway to the bottom of the river valley hills where there is an interstate exchange although I keep going straight past that to get home.

So as I approached the 2 slick spots which were about a half a mile apart, I tapped my brakes to tell the guy behind me that I’m not going to go through these at 60 but I’ll ease up and may do them at 50. I go through the first one and now the guy has gained so he’s closer but not riding my butt. Half a mile further down the road, I do the same thing, tap the brake and slow down slightly. Well, this time slowing down and losing maybe less than 5 seconds of speed is enough for this guy and he decides to pass me. I know it was stupid but for whatever reason something fired in me that this guy should be taught a lesson about how maybe he needs to learn just a twitch more patience. It was wrong but I challenged the pass and punched it.

Now this guy knows this road as well as I do if he lives out there which I’m assuming is correct. He knows he has about a half a mile of usable open passable road before we hit the first river valley hill which enters a blind spot for anyone coming up the hill to see what’s going on. The guy had two choices, fall back in behind me and lose 5 seconds down to the interstate or gun it himself to take me. So for a few seconds both of us are barreling down filling both sides of the road now doing 70 in a 55 zone. I’m alone but I suspect this guy has his family with him being a Sunday morning heading in to have breakfast somewhere, going to church, or maybe starting to shop although it was a little early for that. Anyway, we’re at a point where another second or two and our actions are going to put any oncoming people’s lives at risk and I’m not willing to risk this guy’s family’s lives anymore if they’re in the vehicle even if he is so I back off and he gets back into the proper lane at a very last second before hitting the start of the blind spot of the hill. Nothing else happens, he goes through the first hill and little valley and then down the longer hill, and gets on the interstate heading for the city and as I said about 5-6 seconds ahead of me.

I went to church about an hour later and asked God for forgiveness for my stupidity and change whatever was in my temperament this morning that made me challenge this guy. I hope he reflects on the situation as well, especially if his family was on board and they heard him cursing me out (I was muttering too) and I’m sure making them anxious for that short time. He may think he was “defending” himself (maybe some of you thinks this as well) his “right” not to have to slow down even for a few seconds. But in reality, we both were responding to base human nature of who was the bigger bad ***, who could p*** the furthest. And both of us should have been better than that….

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PostPosted: 07 Feb 2016, 16:21 
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I know what you mean PC. Some people just should not have a driver's license . One thing I can't stand is someone riding my bumper. I like to go fast in the straights then slow way down when I'm near the curves and they can't pass. I can see them cussing in the rear view. :twisted: :twisted:

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PostPosted: 07 Feb 2016, 16:38 
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I wouldn't get along with either of you two. :shock:


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PostPosted: 07 Feb 2016, 17:52 
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Was driving delivery truck for an electrical supply company. Bright sunny winter day, bare road, and a twenty mile an hour wind out of the northwest. Headed into Cheyenne, Wyoming, from Fort Collins, Colorado on I-25. On top of the Cheyenne Ridge, the wind was blowing snow across a twenty yard section of the highway. Pavement was warm enough to melt the snow, but with the additional snow blowing over it, that section of road was extremely slick. I got to that point about a minute after a VW bus, that was south bound, when the wind shoved it sideways as it hit the snow packed area. When the tires hit the median, the van was flipped and rolled onto it's top. Half dozen drivers had pulled over to assist. Coming back, two hours later, the van was gone and the area had warning signs set up as you approached. Even at forty mph, the truck side shifted some on that section of road. Need to always be watching and aware of the road conditions.


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PostPosted: 07 Feb 2016, 18:48 
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trappintime wrote:
I wouldn't get along with either of you two. :shock:


:lol:



If you rode my bumper trap I'd just slam on the brakes and we'd both get new vehicles. 8) :twisted:

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PostPosted: 07 Feb 2016, 20:21 
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doc9013 wrote:
trappintime wrote:
I wouldn't get along with either of you two. :shock:


:lol:



If you rode my bumper trap I'd just slam on the brakes and we'd both get new vehicles. 8) :twisted:


Doc, they call me Marshal cause I'm always leading the parade. :lol: I enjoy swerving in my lane just to keep the followers on their best behavior. :wink:


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PostPosted: 07 Feb 2016, 21:33 
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I have to admit, I've done a few things that I wasn't proud of if someone pulled a stupid driving move by me. Mostly I saw this when I was on the road a lot at my former job.
Yes PC, sometimes anger will cloud your best judgment, it only proves that you are human.

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PostPosted: 08 Feb 2016, 18:30 
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trappintime wrote:
doc9013 wrote:
trappintime wrote:
I wouldn't get along with either of you two. :shock:


:lol:



If you rode my bumper trap I'd just slam on the brakes and we'd both get new vehicles. 8) :twisted:


Doc, they call me Marshal cause I'm always leading the parade. :lol: I enjoy swerving in my lane just to keep the followers on their best behavior. :wink:

Had the same situation this afternoon. Snowing with a strong crosswind and an idiot tailgating me. I know better so I was taking it easy. My thought was "You're playing follow the leader buddy...and the leader is me. Back off." He did. He evidently realized just how smart I was... :mrgreen:

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