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Ever been hit by lightning while riding?

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Barbaton, Sep 15, 2005.

  1. Barbaton

    Barbaton Turbo Monkey

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    http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/4977570/detail.html

    this is about dirt bikes, but, um, ow:

     

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  2. Skookum

    Skookum bikey's is cool

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    it'll only be a matter of time before a mt. biker gets it. Lightning is pretty amazing stuff, you can get hit miles from where the storm is, all that stuff. Whenever i hear thunder rolling in i start heading back.
     
  3. hooples3

    hooples3 Fuggetaboutit!

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    Hmm wonder if you would even know what hit you
     
  4. douglas

    douglas Chocolate Milk Doug

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    :eek: A bolt hit inbetween Splat & berkshire_rider once, they both thought the other got fried. Berk told me he jumped into a ditch to hide
     
  5. splat

    splat Nam I am

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    I really thought Steve got Vaporized on that ride!
     
  6. splat

    splat Nam I am

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    I had to go find that
     
  7. Skookum

    Skookum bikey's is cool

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    You guys are lucky. Lightning strike survivors sometimes have weird ticks and pain that last a lifetime. So even if you survive a strike it's not fun.
    Look at ole Ben Franklin that dude was weird.... :monkey:
     
  8. Crazy Sweeper

    Crazy Sweeper more COWBELL!

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    there was this guy on pinkbike who got struck 4 times and survived.....
     
  9. -dustin

    -dustin boring

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    i carry a 1-iron with me 'cause even god can't hit a 1-iron.
     
  10. Barbaton

    Barbaton Turbo Monkey

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    it's said that statistically you're more likely to be struck again if you've been struck once. i don't really understand how though. maybe it makes your body more conductive or something
     
  11. splat

    splat Nam I am

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    Maybe it just shows your really stupid and didn't learn to go in doors during a rain storm
     
  12. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    Cool thing was, after he got struck he could do 140 foot hucks to flat!
     
  13. Dirt Merchant

    Dirt Merchant Monkey

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    Posted a couple months ago by me:
    Last night my friend and I were trying to beat an approaching storm,
    by sneaking a ride in at the local park. As soon as we were deep in the woods, the wind and rain really picked up. Once the lightning started we decided to turn around. We were haulin' down the trail that leads out of the woods and into the clearing, (golf course) and it's access road,
    when at the the last second we both slammed on our brakes, afraid to go out into the openness. Two seconds later, in that same opening where we would've been, lightning struck! It blinded us and rung our ears, and my friend felt the hair on his body stand-up! It was as if it was following us down that trail, just waiting for the opening to destroy us. We threw down our bikes, (read: freaked out) rushed back in the woods, and layed on the muddy ground in the pouring rain for at least 15 mins.. When it let up, (not really) we made a dash for the relative safety of the truck; I looked back once, and swear I saw another rider behind us! They never appeared at the trailhead:
    was it a ghost? Or were they maybe struck down? Was it anyone here?
     
  14. berkshire_rider

    berkshire_rider Growler

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    That was a bad night. One of the worse storms I have ever seen, and it was directly overhead. We were lucky, no doubt.
     
  15. GumbaFish

    GumbaFish Turbo Monkey

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    dirt merchant you're from roch right? was this at durand...was it the white lady (cue scary music)
     
  16. Dirt Merchant

    Dirt Merchant Monkey

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    "...was it the white lady ?"

    No, she only messes with guys that have wronged women. Wait a minute, maybe it WAS she!? (This was over by the back entrance to the water purification plant...yes, by Durand) It actually looked like a dude, dressed mostly in yellow. I couldn't believe somebody else was as stupid as we
    were that evening.
     
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    I have had it take out a tree a few hundred feet from where i was walking.