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    Santa Cruz bike death on Hwy 1

    This happened last week.

    A guy was hit near Davenport, north of santa cruz , thrown off the road down the embankment and was there for 8 to 12 hours before anyone found him. I don't think he was touring down the coast but he had a small dog in his basket that stood by his dead owner for that 8 to 12 hours.

    Everytime I ride i am always looking at all the stuff that is thrown off the road. Seeing a mangled bicycle and a corpse must have been an eyefull for the person who found him. I have ridden this route many times from san francisco down hwy 1 to santa cruz and beyond. I don't remeber the shoulder being bad or this area being especially dangerous.

    Being "seen" is our only defense. The problem is, of course, is the driver even "looking?" How come there was no witnesses? I hope this doesn't stop people from riding the california coast, its a wonderful ride. but...

    Makes you think though, one day you're here ond one day your not. Live for the moment as they say.

    Liam
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    According to the Mercury News, he was on a ride to San Francisco from Florida and had started toward the end of September. The dog was with him on the whole trip and will be adopted by a family friend in San Mateo county.

    http://www.mercurynews.com/central-c...ial?source=pkg

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    yeah, that stretch of hwy has a big shoulder.

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    I suppose there is no chance of finding the hit-and-run ***-hole who left him to die. I'd lay dollars to donuts there was alcohol involved.

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    Very sad.
    "Cycling is for pleasure not penance"

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    Damn.

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    Life is a risk. At least he was having an adventure when his ended. Glad the dog is going to a family friend, who just lost her own dog recently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by liamof View Post
    Being "seen" is our only defense. The problem is, of course, is the driver even "looking?"
    I'm sure the driver was looking - at their cell phone.

    No amount of bright neon "please don't kill me" colors will help when cell phones (and other distractions in the vehicle) are involved.
    What a looooooooooooooooooong strange trip it's been...

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    The story says he was hit in the middle of the night, between 10 pm and 2 am. They don't say what, if any, rear lights or reflectors he was using, or even what side of the road he was on, but I think a sizable percentage of drivers on rural roads at this time of night are blind drunk (just my observations).

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