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    Touring Cyclist Killed in Mississippi Feb 9, 2013 was a friend of a friend.

    I just learned that a friend of a friend was killed a few days ago in Mississippi as he toured from Wisconsin to New Orleans.

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    In the article it mentioned the highway and the time but not the weather. Anyway, it was "just after 9p.m." Can't imagine what would make me ride on Hwy 61 in that area after dark.

    I looked up the area mentioned where the accident occurred. Take a look at the Google map link below. I would think that rumble strip forced him to ride in the travel lane. God how I hate those stupid things. But I would not ride on HWY 61 there regardless. The Natchez Trace Parkway is just a few miles east of there.

    The Google Map Link

    I did not know this man, but my friend (who cycled to NOLA from San Francisco a couple of years ago) knew him well and is pretty bummed.

    I have no idea if the cyclist was running a blinkie or even how miserable the weather may have been. Just imagining that road after dark with a 65mph speed limit on a Saturday night gives me chills.
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    The usual BS-----------struck from behind, and no ticket issued!!!!!

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    I ride highways like that all the time. sad story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeyBike View Post
    I just learned that a friend of a friend was killed a few days ago in Mississippi as he toured from Wisconsin to New Orleans.

    News Article

    In the article it mentioned the highway and the time but not the weather. Anyway, it was "just after 9p.m." Can't imagine what would make me ride on Hwy 61 in that area after dark.

    I looked up the area mentioned where the accident occurred. Take a look at the Google map link below. I would think that rumble strip forced him to ride in the travel lane. God how I hate those stupid things. But I would not ride on HWY 61 there regardless. The Natchez Trace Parkway is just a few miles east of there.

    The Google Map Link

    I did not know this man, but my friend (who cycled to NOLA from San Francisco a couple of years ago) knew him well and is pretty bummed.

    I have no idea if the cyclist was running a blinkie or even how miserable the weather may have been. Just imagining that road after dark with a 65mph speed limit on a Saturday night gives me chills.
    I have been trying to find it in the Mississippi vehicle code. I would think, bikes are not allowed on a road with a 65mph posted speed limit. But all of that is moot.

    May your friend's friend RIP.

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    The laws in MS are fairly good:

    http://www.bikewalkmississippi.org/B...its-the-law-2/

    It looks (so far) like the cyclist was following the law.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roushe View Post
    The laws in MS are fairly good:

    http://www.bikewalkmississippi.org/B...its-the-law-2/

    It looks (so far) like the cyclist was following the law.

    Russ
    Maybe, What I was trying to find in the Mississippi traffic code, doesn't exist. In Maryland, a cyclist may not ride on a road with a speed limit higher than 50mph.
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    A little more information: http://www.nbc15.com/home/headlines/...190794371.html

    It says he was 5 miles from his destination.

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    I can easily see someone would get stuck out late at night if you had a delay during the day (flat tire or something). Terrible to think he was probably cold, hungry and quite miserable and then whammo! Why do we have 65 MPH speed limit if it's not safe. I think this is just terrible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 009jim View Post
    I can easily see someone would get stuck out late at night if you had a delay during the day (flat tire or something). Terrible to think he was probably cold, hungry and quite miserable and then whammo! Why do we have 65 MPH speed limit if it's not safe. I think this is just terrible.
    Especially on that road. I looked at pictures of that road. While it is a four-lane road, it definitely doesn't look like it should have a 65mph speed limit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris516 View Post
    I looked at pictures of that road. While it is a four-lane road, it definitely doesn't look like it should have a 65mph speed limit.
    Haven't been far from home eh? Check THIS out. Picture yourself biking on that 65mph road after dark .

    Although the link is from Colorado, all of the Gulf states have 65mph limits on rural roads except Texas - their 2-lane rural roads are 70 unless otherwise marked (curves, intersections, etc.). In Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida all 4-lane and many 2-lane roads are 65mph when well away from towns.
    Last edited by JoeyBike; 02-18-13 at 08:52 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeyBike View Post
    Haven't been far from home eh? Check THIS out. Picture yourself biking on that 65mph road after dark .
    They could really widen that road a lot for vehicles. At the present width, would be good only to serve as a dedicated bike path.

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    65 on THAT!?

    I live on a road that narrow. Speed limit is 35 to 45, depending on what part of it you're on.
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    When some wild eyed eight foot tall maniac grabs you by the throat and taps the back of your favorite head head against the barroom wall, and he looks crooked in the eye, and he ask you if ya paid your dues, you just stare that big sucker right back in the eye, and you remember what ol' Jack Burton always says at a time like that: "Have ya paid your dues, Jack?" "Yessir, the check is in the mail."

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeyBike View Post
    Haven't been far from home eh? Check THIS out. Picture yourself biking on that 65mph road after dark .

    Although the link is from Colorado, all of the Gulf states have 65mph limits on rural roads except Texas - their 2-lane rural roads are 70 unless otherwise marked (curves, intersections, etc.). In Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida all 4-lane and many 2-lane roads are 65mph when well away from towns.
    True. The Google link pic, looks like a road that should be no higher than 50mph. Even though it is rural Mississippi. There is no justifiable reason for driving fast on a rural road.
    Last edited by Chris516; 02-18-13 at 11:59 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeyBike View Post
    Haven't been far from home eh? Check THIS out. Picture yourself biking on that 65mph road after dark .
    I definitely have biked far from home. Just not on roads above 45mph. When I lived in Minnesota, I biked mostly on the Willard Munger Trail which parallels I-35. So, The center of the city I lived in, was at most 30mph on most streets.

    Quote Originally Posted by JoeyBike View Post
    Although the link is from Colorado, all of the Gulf states have 65mph limits on rural roads except Texas - their 2-lane rural roads are 70 unless otherwise marked (curves, intersections, etc.). In Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida all 4-lane and many 2-lane roads are 65mph when well away from towns.
    True. But the fatal accident was on a four-lane road. The Google link pic, looks like a road that should be no higher than 50mph. Even though it is rural Mississippi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris516 View Post
    The Google link pic, looks like a road that should be no higher than 50mph. Even though it is rural Mississippi.
    Eye opener: http://www.iihs.org/laws/speedlimits.aspx

    Scroll down to Louisiana, Mississippi and then.....Texas

    That is what we have to live (die) with down here. It is up to the cyclist to decide what, when, where to ride. Interstate highways are off limits but everything else is our choice. The section of Mississippi Hwy 61 at 9PM on a Saturday night where that young man perished was frightening enough during daylight hours when I rode a short 10 mile section of it years ago before the idiotic rumble strips were added. He may not have even been on 61 very long. I have taken some "death" roads myself for various reasons. Had some close calls too - some accidental and some on purpose (needlessly buzzed).

    Touring down here is not much fun even when we live through it. I am lucky I lived to be old really.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeyBike View Post
    Eye opener: http://www.iihs.org/laws/speedlimits.aspx

    Scroll down to Louisiana, Mississippi and then.....Texas

    That is what we have to live (die) with down here. It is up to the cyclist to decide what, when, where to ride. Interstate highways are off limits but everything else is our choice. The section of Mississippi Hwy 61 at 9PM on a Saturday night where that young man perished was frightening enough during daylight hours when I rode a short 10 mile section of it years ago before the idiotic rumble strips were added. He may not have even been on 61 very long. I have taken some "death" roads myself for various reasons. Had some close calls too - some accidental and some on purpose (needlessly buzzed).

    Touring down here is not much fun even when we live through it. I am lucky I lived to be old really.
    So, To quote Tom Cruise from 'Top ***', motorists' down their are thinking "I feel the need for speed"?

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