first responder...

.. took all day today to cruise the back roads around three counties... down to the Hiwassee.. over to the Ocoee... up to Tellico... then back down to Ducktown again... a lovely drive through the mountains.... just me and mine... stopping when we wanted... eating when we were hungry... and even though we drove through a few rainshowers, it was a great day of doing nothing... the mountains are beautiful even when they are drenched by a fresh downpour...

... about four this evening, two custom choppers passed us... beautiful machines.... we were only doing about 45 miles per hour, and they were only slightly faster than us... I remember watching them - about 50 yards in front of me - as they weaved along the curves my Audi was about to take.... I remember thinking to myself what a freeing experience it must be to ride a bike... especially on such fine machines as they were on.... gliding along in the warm summer rain...

... and then, just like that, we rounded a gentle curve and they were gone.... the first thing that caught my eye was the leather-shirted rider slamming into the guardrail.. and then I saw the first chopper in the median...

.. I pulled over about thirty feet in front of their crashed vehicles and jumped out to check them.. they were cut up, but awake... I stayed there until the cops turned up... then I split... totally surreal at the time... one minute you are watching machines perform... daydreaming... and then next minute there is blood and ground up meat and men gritting their teeth as they wait for an ambulance... trauma, people... whether combat, or accidents.. I do not envy ER workers...

... I was going to post tonight about visiting with the Amish community near Delano, TN that we visited with today... and the impact that watching them till their fields, sell their produce, and live their lives had had on me... even as I was driving back and forth through the Cherokee National Forest today, I was forming that post...

... right now, it just won't come... I've tried, and it's not in me.. maybe it will surface in the morning sometime.... if not, well, just let me say this... the Amish people impress me... they really do... just as bikers do after today..

by Eric on June 28, 2005 | Bullshit (10) | SWG Stories
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Wild... hope there wasn't any really serious injuries.

It's totally nuts being the first on the scene... did it once myself, and never want to see that shit again.

Bullshitted by That 1 Guy on June 28, 2005 08:39 PM

Trauma really can do a number on you...even when you aren't its direct victim...

Bullshitted by Princess Cat on June 28, 2005 11:06 PM

I never knew ANYBODY who rode a bike for a long time who DIDN'T eventually get fucked-up on the thing. Some of them died, too.

Bikes look like a lot of fun, and I am sure that they are. But I never had any desire to ride one on the highway because other drivers are insane. I'd rather be IN a car than ON a bike when some idiot does something foolish in front of me (or BEHIND ME, for that matter. I've been smacked in the ass THREE TIMES in my life while stopped at a traffic light.)

Bikes are beautiful. But I don't want one.

Bullshitted by Acidman on June 29, 2005 09:02 AM

Holy shit...dude...you have that fancy car, use a computer every day, wear those metrosexual shoes and don't work....

You're the Anti-Amish!

(Lucky bastard.)

Bullshitted by zonker on June 29, 2005 09:28 AM

My first thought, before I continued down the post, was "helicopters". I thought you'd witnessed a helicopter crash.
I tend to think on too big a scale, perhaps.
This causes no end of diversion for the GM1. And a little performance anxiety as well.

Bullshitted by LeeAnn on June 29, 2005 09:45 AM

Yep, bikes are like communism..sounds real good...looks like it might work..but nope.

My husband has two fake hips thanks to a bike in his youth. Cars are a lot more fun. Can't add a rollbar to a bike and if you're putting it through it's paces at all, you NEED that rollbar.

Just to prove Acidman's point, there.

Bullshitted by Kelly on June 29, 2005 12:30 PM

Couple years ago I watched a young gal drive -- well, actually more like water-ski -- her Honda car into an unusually deep drainage ditch during a rainstorm.

She was coming down a steep hill where there's a curve, and lost control. If the pickup driver in front of me hadn't seen her and guessed something was wrong and hit his brakes, it could've been brutal.

As it was she was shaken up and her car banged up, but nothing serious. I stayed with her until a couple of fire department guys showed up in a marked pickup. They called it in and took command so I went on my way.

Watching the water in that ditch go up in a fountain as that little car went flying in -- that sight won't fade away anytime soon. Hell, watching her head for the ditch and knowing she was gonna go in -- that ain't gonna fade away anytime soon.

Bullshitted by McGehee on June 29, 2005 11:28 PM

Yup, the Amish is cool! We've a Amish bakery not to far away, great baked goods but only open til sundown on saturday...The work ethic they have is very impressive...they are some of the best. I know several people that could learn from that.

Bullshitted by The Wizard on June 29, 2005 11:41 PM

Like LeeAnn I was thinking helicopters at first... that would be because of young son though and not from thinking too big. *grin*

I saw a guy get hit when on a motorcycle once. I was driving directly toward an intersection - I was on the thru street - the side street had a stop sign. The motorcycle was coming in the opposite direction toward me - although I was still a ways back. A guy in a pickup drove up to the stop sign - stopped and then drove straight thru the intersection. Unfortunately for the motorcycle guy... he was just entering the intersection too. There was a meeting of vehicles to the detriment of the motorcycle. I've always wondered if the guy in the pickup never looked... or just didn't see the cycle. I stopped and helped the motorcycle man - he wasn't too badly hurt - but his bike was. Gave my statement to the cops and left.

That's the bad thing about motorcycles - people tend to not see them. Don't know why... just a fact around here.

Bullshitted by Teresa on June 30, 2005 12:07 AM

Maybe while you were watching their bikes, they were watching your Audi. :)

Bullshitted by Cythen on June 30, 2005 02:32 AM