Bird strike on a motorcycle?
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
What are the chances?
On my way back to work after lunch on Tuesday 9/21, I was riding on my 2009 Harley Davidson Dyna Fat Bob. It was an awesome late September day. We're talking big fluffy white clouds, deep blue sky, and a temperature around 85 F. I stopped to move a Gopher Tortoise out of the road, I hate seeing those beautiful critters crushed in the middle of the road. It happens more than it should around here and all it takes is a minute or two to help them on across the road. Anyway, about 5 minutes later, I was riding along on Mondon Hill Road outside of Brooksville, Florida; a stretch of road in West Central Florida. As I neared the set of sharp curves on Mondon Hill Road that curve around an old phosphate mine, I saw one of those large dragonflies (the ones that hurt awfully bad when they smack your face) hovering about eye level right in my lane, I didn't have time to swerve a little to miss him so I just ducked my head down about 6 inches. Right when I got to where the dragon fly should've been something slammed into the right side of my head, hitting mostly helmet and my ear; I wear a 3/4 helmet. It felt somewhat like a warm grapefruit only not juicy like a grapefruit would be, but about that weight. At first I thought someone had thrown something at me (a grapefruit) and I looked in the rearview to see if I could see anything. I slowed down enough to pull a quick u-turn and went back to see what I could find out . . .
Well, there was no one running away and nothing in the road, so I guess nothing was thrown at me. I walked down one side of the road about 20 feet then came back down the other side. There sitting in the grass on the side of the road was a VERY stunned and VERY juvenile Red Shouldered Hawk looking at me like he was trying to figure out what just happened. You know the "What th'?" look someone has after something happens unexpectedly and out of the blue? I walked closer toward him and he hopped away from me. Moving closer he hopped a few more times and then sort of flew to the cow pasture on the other side of the road. He appeared to be ok, considering.
So, I can only figure that this hawk was so zoned in on getting the dragon fly (which must've flown away after all this) that the hawk did not see my big butt coming down the road at 50 mph on my 2009 Fat Bob!!! Given the potential for all the bad that could've happened with this situation, I feel pretty good and I think the hawk does too. What kind of Karma was this for stopping to move the Gopher Tortoise out of the road? Had I not stopped for the Tortoise, the hawk would've gotten the dragon fly and we would not have collided . . . go figure!
I know, unbelievably funny, so go ahead and laugh, it's good for you and life is too short not to laugh and life is too long not to laugh, so, LAUGH darn ya', LAUGH!!!