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How my day started

I don't know what I did to deserve this, but I had an encounter this morning with some red clay and a utility truck.

It's supposed to rain today as it did most of yesterday, the remnants of (what was) Hurricane Frances, but the temperature this morning was a fantastic 70 degrees. I took the Vette, had the windows down but left the top on. I stop to fill up the gas tank, pull out of the station and get behind some utility truck.

He's going about 10 MPH, clearly looking for a way to get off the road and meet up with his utility worker buddies standing on the side of the road on the other side of a ditch. He stops in the road to make the turn, and instead of being impatient and just passing into the oncoming traffic lane (there was no oncoming traffic) I wait it out. I stop, he turns and gets stuck in the ditch.

Right at that exact moment I'm going by. I see what is happening and I know what's next, but there is absolutely nothing I can do about it; it happened in the span of seconds. The utility truck gets stuck, spins his tires and throws Alabama red clay the size of cherry tomatoes at my Vette... with my windows down.

All I can hear is the sound of chunks of red mud hitting my car, I look inside and it's on me, the seats, the dash, the inside rear window (coupe), the cargo cover and who knows where else. Hopefully there weren't rocks in the projectile mud nuggets. I'm pizzed but the last think I'm going to do is get out of my car and get angry with a dozen 'Bama rednecks of whom sum total of teeth ranged somewhere in the single digits.

When I got to work, I surveyed the damage. It looked like I had spent Labor Day weekend in an Alabama Mud Bog; whatever that is. It was so bad, I got right back in the car and went to the spray wash. It was great because no one was there, it IS supposed to rain today... again. Nothing like washing your car KNOWING it's going to get dirty in a matter of hours.

The good news is that the, usually, indelible red clay did not leave any lasting marks on the outside. I managed to get it out of the interior to a point where I won't be worried about having red leopard spot upholstery at the end of the day. I will need to perform some follow-up care as I was only able to provide initial triage to the interior. I wasn't able to spot paint chips, but then again I didn't look to closely. Last thing I want to do is see that and think about it all day. I might check it when I get home, or sometime in 2007.

That was the start of my day. Was yours as fun?
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Geez..and I thought my day started out rough when I had to wake up early..

Damn, IM sorry for ya shan, that really sux all kinds of arse..but yeah getting outta your car with a bunch construction workers with shovels wouldnt have been the best thing to do.

let us know how you make out when you check out the vette further..




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A cursory inspection of the exterior at lunch indicated no further cause for concern. However, not until I hadn wax it will I know for sure.
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Glad to hear everything cleaned up OK...if it makes you feel any better, I just got done with a nice little lunch ride to loosen up a bit.
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Mud? What's that? :p

Here in SoCal we could use the rain. But that's okay because it means I can ride more.
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Yeah well we will send some rain your way Smog Girl. We have had more than our share of it.. Still waiting for Summer to start here in Detroit..

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Yeah well we will send some rain your way Smog Girl. We have had more than our share of it.. Still waiting for Summer to start here in Detroit..
heard that...we havent had all that much rain here this season....but since I cant ride all year long..1 day of rain is too much for me..




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Lets just move to some where we can ride all year long.
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Yeah well we will send some rain your way Smog Girl. We have had more than our share of it.. Still waiting for Summer to start here in Detroit..

LOL, not upset I left that weather 12 years ago! We used to joke that Summer in MI was August 15th. If it rained that day, too bad, that was your summer.

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But whre are the pics?

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I didn't have my camera, and my car was only dirty for about 30 min.
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pfffft, I need pics, the words were too big for me to understand
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