Friday, March 26, 2010

Blink of an Eye

A local club of riding Friends woke up today to a gorgeous riding day.
Temperatures in the low eighties, slight breeze blowing,air crisp and clean.
Gathering at the designated meeting point proudly wearing their 'cuts' sporting Kruzers AZ upon their backs.
Brotherhood and camaraderie is their stated creed. Having a good day together is the mission.
Laughing, joking someone no doubt chided another for being a little late. another chimed in 'He can't help it...he had to get his wife's permission'.
Rolling out along Cave Creek road it felt good to be riding.....This is what it's all about.

Across town A man arrived at work..Just another day at the ol' grindstone.
Gotta make a living. bills to pay and all.
Awesome spring day, shame to be having to work today.
Perhaps this weekend a barbecue or a day just lounging around with family or Friends.
Just one more day till Friday and...

The riders rode leisurely up Cave Creek road as the leader goosed his engine just a little. smiling back at his Brother, challenging him just a little.
Further back in the pack a riders wife was making silly gestures causing the biker alongside to loose his composure and break out in audible fits of laughter.
Even further back in the pack another brothers chest swelled just a little with pride as he watched his close-knit group enjoying the hell out of this day....A few more miles and he'll buy them all a round at the Hideaway.
Rolling up to the stop sign behind a car, the packs energy was ready for some partying.
Great food and a cold one, this is gonna be a day for the books.

The worker fired up his truck. headed out of the yard to his destination.
Driving along his thoughts wandered just a little.
Routes, schedules and maybe a little thought to the upcoming weekend.
A slight bump in the road shook the log/manifest papers loose from his clipboard.
Reaching down to the right to retrieve the fallen papers,
His eyes looked to the floor for just an instant.

Somewhere in the this Valley tonight.
A group of close Friends will never laugh together again.
Three families are mourning the loss of their loved one.
Six more are desperately praying that the loved ones still in ICU will still be alive in the morning. Many strangers are sleeping fitfully..trying to not replay the days horrific sights in their minds eye.
And One man..sits with the knowledge that his life as he knew it has ended.
The years of nightmares, His probable multiple convictions for manslaugther.

How did all this happen so quickly?
Afterall,,,It was for just an instant...Right?

Please, keep your eyes on the road and pay attention to your driving.


Ann said...

A very sad day, indeed.

Mr. Motorcycle said...

So scary. So tragic. My stomach is turning.

"Joker" said...


I can't sort out my head to say anything that makes any sense right now. I'm shaking, fighting back a few tears, wondering how I'm going to keep this out of my mind now. I don't know them but I do. I look and see own brothers. No...please...

Arizona Harley Dude said...

Well put Big D!!! Remember to watch your mirrors when you stop as well. A full speed truck is hard to get away from when you're stopped in traffic, but some warning and the mindset to just drop the ride and roll away might have helped protect these fallen Brothers and Sisters.

God bless their families and friends. The entire riding community should be mourning this morning because it REALLY COULD HAVE BEEN ANY OF US!!!!!

Webster World said...

This whole thing is horrible for all. The riders the family's. The driver and his family. May God be with them all.

mq01 said...

a horrible tragic moment that will alter the lives of many. my thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected.

B.B. said...

That's really awful, my prayers to all involved. It's a sad story Big D., but thanks for sharing it, we all need to be reminded to be aware, and also to cherish everyday that we have, we never know.

KT Did said...

We read about that here in California. Its just very sad and tragic indeed. We are all praying for everyone and their families. Our hearts are broken for everyone right now. God Bless.

Anonymous said...

wow you hit a spot in my my heart cant even think of what the families of those riders are going through. cages on the road need to start paying alot more attention to the bikers on the road. we will always be there, my thoughts and prayers go out to all those families in mourning and to the one still fighting. keep the rubber on the road and be safe everyone.

FLHX_Dave said...

Man, this is my worst nightmare. I'm always thinking about this scenario whenever I stop my bike. It's annoying as hell always looking in the rear view. It's even worse in this case because even if you saw it coming there isn't much you could do in a pack.

Well, even though it might be wrong...I would like to give you some love for the write up. You really made it a thought provoking read that makes riders, as well as none riders, think about this.

My best goes out. Seems like this kind of shit is just always there in your face. It's always there urging you to play it safe and urging you to force cagers to pay attention to you.

Thanks bro

motoroz said...

We can never let up for a second from being "on our toes." A second is all it takes. Keep alert.

IowaHarleyGirl (Stephanie) said...

You are so good with the written word my friend. Brought tears to my eyes.

Prayers to the riders that passed...the ones still in ICU...and even to the truck driver that caused this tragedy. Life will forever be changed for the families and friends of all.


WooleyBugger said...

I was horrified when I heard this on my radio and wondered if it was any of our blogger family in the accident. Just to bad for words to convey but Big D was able to.

RazorsEdge2112 said...

How horrid. I read of it right after it happened. These families will never be the same; the motorcycle family in Phoenix will never be the same.

Superb post, Big Daddy. They are all in my thoughts today.

Anonymous said...

I was at work when I heard the news and time stood still. My stomach turned having heard the horror had happened once again only this time en masse. I work at a motorcycle dealership and hear of this kind of atrocity all too often. It pains me to admit that I hear of the stataionary motorcyclist sitting at a light and run down my a cage driver at least three or four times a year. My customers are reactively proactive in purchasing headlight/tail light strobes or extra loud horns in an attempt to prevent such incidents, and I praise the measures the responsible rider takes. The bottom line is that the road is shared by many and owned by no one. I hang my head for the fallen and raise my fist in anger to the naive jackass who "made a mistake"
Aaron Foss

Willy D said...

Some of the most depressing stuff I’ve heard in a while.

redbone said...

damn! is all can can say. damn!

One Harley Rider said...

Sad - Written very well but sad as Hell!