Thursday, June 18, 2009

Dust in the Wind

It's hot in Georgia, we saw 95 degrees F today. I'm riding home in afternoon GA 400 commuter traffic in an open-face helmet, when suddenly I feel like my mouth and ears are being sandblasted. I begin scanning the horizon for the source of the sand or grit that is peppering me. For a couple of miles, I cannot locate the source. I use my gloved left hand to cover my face below the protective glasses that are keeping the abrasive out of my eyes and steer with my throttle hand.

A few miles later, I begin to make out what looks like a fertilzer spread truck way up ahead in the right hand lane. Can't be, Public Safety regulations require them to tarp a load. I ride on and the sand blasting intensifies. As I get closer I can see a mound of fertilizer above the sides of the hopper body on the spread truck and a cloud of brown dust above it.

A BMW is right on his tail. The front bumper, hood and windshield of someone's fine German engineered automobile is receiving the most effective method of removing paint, sand blasting. I manage to get along side the spread truck and out of the "jet wash" of the fertilizer cloud that is pelting all of the northbound lanes. As I get along side the cab, I notice the driver's window is down, so I yell, "Tarp that load." The driver appears to laugh as he continues driving along in the right hand lane with his left turn signal on just as it has been since I got close enough to see the truck.

Thanks Southern States and the driver headed north on GA 400 Thursday at 5:15pm for sandblasting all the cars headed home from work. Y'all might want to be aware that the Georgia Department of Public Safety requires drivers to secure all loads so they do not escape. Reference Georgia Codes: 40-6-248 and 40-6-254. Feel free to look them up at:


Willy D said...

You bad boy! Naming that poor company, good for you. I went to their web site and left a comment to cover their loads. A little tag-team never hurt.

Ann said...

I can't believe this! That's terrible! Sounds kind of like getting caught in a dust storm out here! Really bad!

Mr. Motorcycle said...

Willy D.,
Where did you leave the comment for therm. I went to their site to jump on the tarp your load bandwagon, and had no clue where you left yours.

Aaron said...

Add that to the list of reasons I still ride with a full-face helmet.

mq01 said...

im with willy d and mr motorcycle, tell me where to put a comment and i'll tag team 'em too, dammit.

Steve Williams said...

Trucks are more careful now in Pennsylvania about tarping loads but there are still farmers who will transport grain, manure and other stuff without covers. I've been pelted by a variety of agricultural products.

The worst though are the trucks hauling limestone. Even with covers a rock always seems to bounce out from somewhere. I'm glad I wear a full face helmet because I can't imagine taking one of those rocks in the face. So far I have been able to dodge them with the Vespa.

Steve Williams
Scooter in the Sticks

irondad said...

I know the feeling. This morning I followed a dump truck full of small rocks. I guess the good news is that, if you're trying to grow a beard, it should be longer and fuller now!

Doug C said...

Amazing how far sand and agregate will travel from the source. I once found myself in your position and the source was nearly a half a mile ahead of me.

Good for you for naming names.