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Mississippi Cajun
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I know this is supposed to be the land where gators flourish, but this is ridiculous. Third time for me now....going down I-10 this morning. I was passing a string of 3-4 semis and the second one in the string has this loud slapping noise that didn't instill confidence so I picked up the pace and about the time I got to the trucks drive wheels, "BOOM!!!!" Adrenalin rush from hell there as one of the tires let loose behind me. Too darn close for me. Got to my destination and just half sat half stood on the bike as the shaking got manageable. Damn, those things are loud when they let go.
 

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Glad it happened behind you. I know that recap slap sound all too well.
When I hear it, I usually down shift, move to the farthest lane possible and accelerate past the truck as fast as possible. One of those flying gators would take a bike out in an instant.
 

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So unpredictable, so deadly. Glad you are ok
 

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Glad you are okay. Been on bikes over 40 years now and my last 2 years working was driving a big rig. It's scary in the truck, especially when a steering tire goes out, but much more scary when you're on the bike and one blows.

Keep up your safe driving....many roads have yet to be ridden.
 

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Glad you made it.
I have been lucky enough to never have one blow out that close to me before...
We have a bunch of the scraps laying on the slabs around here, and thats bad enough!! (They don't seem to clean 'em off around here...)
 

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I had one go up and over me, tipping my windshield in the rain about 1 am on I-20 near Shreveport back in the early 90's. I was following too close to block the rain. I was riding past my limits (way too tired at 1 am) and it was my 1980 Gold Wing. I am one of the luckiest men around.

Glad it didn't get you. Road Gators are honery critters.
 

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JT, the stretch of I-10 from just west of the Pascagoula River marsh to just west of Gulfport seems to be the gator capitol of the world. Someone stays vey busy piling the stuff up on the shoulders, but there is always a fresh one somewhere on tis stretch. I've been all over this country and have never seen them so concentrated as that stretch of slab. Don't recall them that bad in Meridian, but don't doubt they are a problem there, too.
 

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Wow! That could have been a real game changer. Glad you're okay. When I was younger and dumber, I can't count the times I tucked right in behind the trailer to avoid wind or rain. They say the Lord looks out for drunks and fools. Back then I filled the bill. :)
 

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Glad you made it.
I have been lucky enough to never have one blow out that close to me before...
We have a bunch of the scraps laying on the slabs around here, and thats bad enough!! (They don't seem to clean 'em off around here...)
I had one go up and over me, tipping my windshield in the rain about 1 am on I-20 near Shreveport back in the early 90's. I was following too close to block the rain. I was riding past my limits (way too tired at 1 am) and it was my 1980 Gold Wing. I am one of the luckiest men around.

Glad it didn't get you. Road Gators are honery critters.
Wow! I am lucky like Wilbur I guess, never had one blow out but I have seen and dodged plenty of evidence on the roads. Guitar man, you are one lucky rascal for sure! Do you play the lottery?


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It does not help when the trucker knows he has a flat but does not want to sit in the middle of no where waiting for a repair truck and just keeps on driving. Happens here all the time with towns being 100 miles apart.
 

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Damn Darryl, i thought you wus a tough ol bird....i figgered you'd ride along side the truck till the cap flew off, then catch it and throw it in the window at the driver as you passed......:laugh

P.S. glad it did'nt git'cha....:thumb
 

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Glad it let go behind ya Darryl, thats a bit too close for comfort. I clipped a gator last year doing 70, had to stop and pry the pucker marks out of the seat.
 

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Happy ending, kd. Have a scotch.
 

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I thought the government outlawed big-rig recapped tires years ago . If they haven't , they should !
Only on the steer axle, the other 16 are fine....
 

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Seems there are a lot more tire parts on the road than when I was young. Yess they did have trucks back then. Maybe I just didn't notice the debris then. I wish the law would do something about all the bad tires being used.
 
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