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Old 05-14-09, 02:31 PM   #26
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Lightning scares the you know what out of me. If I see a bolt 20 miles off I'm heading for the barn.
I once saw a lightning strike hit the ground right next to my neighbors house while smoking a cig (I have quit). It scared the living day lights out of me. I had never witnessed a strike first hand or one so close. I literally jumped into the air and was swearing outloud after the strike in sheer relief that it didn't hit me. It hit so fast and was so bright and LOUD. What scares me about being hit by lightning is the burns and hearing loss.
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Old 05-14-09, 07:52 PM   #27
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It can screw up your brain like a closed head wound. I've had First Aid and Boy Scout Leader training. I learned you have to be crazy to not minimize your exposure. I ride to a safe place and sit it out. If I'm out walking I run to shelter. Getting hit by lighting can really screw up your brain...I'm already a weird biker.
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What I would do would depend on the circumstances at that particular point in time. i.e.: am I on my way to work? How close am I to my destination? How severe does the storm appear to be?...etc.
I have decided to wait out some storms. I have ridden through some storms.
I was riding in one t-storm partway up a hill going along the side of the hill,I was on my way in to work, I could see lighting hitting up slope on my right and down slope on my left. i was really worried about getting hit,then I realized that if I did get hit, it would happen so quick I wouldn't even know what hit me.
Strangely enough I found that thought to be very comforting.
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Old 05-15-09, 06:58 AM   #30
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Old 05-15-09, 07:01 AM   #31
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On a more serious note, many people have been struck by lightning without any warning, as the first strike is the one that strikes him or her. There was one such case a few years ago in Bluffton, SC where a boat was struck by lightning and one occupant killed, but the survivor said he did not hear thunder until after the strike.

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Old 05-15-09, 08:13 AM   #32
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Sure, but how often does that happen anyway?
My dads' car got hit by lightning Saturday.

The electrical system is pretty much FUBAR.
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while bike commuting it is so easy to get caught in a storm. the weather will be great all day with sporadic thunderstorms - not easy to predict or wait out if you have a life and places to go and people to see.

last summer I dismounted, huddled under some bushes next to the road in a squat away from my bike and just got soaked. I felt so stupid. but it had been gorgeous all day and after the rain stopped 20 minutes later the sun came out and it was gorgeous again. the water immediately started evaporating as steam from the roadway - so weird
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