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Old 11-18-2012, 01:36 AM
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85 MPH speed limit... Only in TX!

Thought I'd share this article that caught my eye. A bunch of TX FFreaks out there, check this out. Interesting read.

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85 MPH sustained... legal... WHOA! That is... until you run into a left lane "resident" doing 65-70. Ouch!
 
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Old 11-18-2012, 03:59 AM
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The "residents" you have to worry about are the wild hogs going 1mph in the fast lane. :)

The new 85-mile-per-hour toll road in Texas wasn't open a single day before it recorded its first accidents. Four accidents, to be exact, all caused by the same thing: wild hogs crossing the roadway. Though no serious injuries were reported, one of the vehicles was totaled.

The area through which State Highway 130 runs is ranch and farm land, on which packs of these feral pigs live and breed. Local news reports say the animals have become such a problem that Caldwell County offers a $2 bounty for hunting them. Local police officers even suspected the pigs might cause problems on the toll road, having recorded packs of them (video below) crossing the road a couple days before the highway opened.

The problem might also be poised to get worse as night begins to fall earlier and traffic on this new segment of SH 130 increases. Indeed, traveling on the toll road is temporarily free through November 11.

If you're traveling on SH 130, the best advice authorities have if you happen to come upon pigs in the roadway is "grip the wheel and keep going." Trying to avoid an accident can often make matters worse. Traveling at speeds lower than the road's fastest-in-the-nation 85 mph might not help either, as the time to respond may still not be enough to avoid an inadvertent bacon-making incident.
 
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Old 11-18-2012, 12:16 PM
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Bacon for hood ornament... not good. :-)
 
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Old 11-18-2012, 02:29 PM
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I've driven on this road a couple of times to avoid the insanely slow moving parking lot on I-35 through Austin.. It has been in existence since 1985 but barely used because the last exit was into a very congested road that required heading back to the east to reach I-35 until recently... It was better to just cop a buzz and stay on 35... I may by the ticket and take the ride later this week when we go to San Antonio for turkey and tamales...
 
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Old 11-18-2012, 04:41 PM
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Right in your neck of the woods is it TC? Sounds like a good place to clean your carbon deposits. Vrooommm vroooommm!
 
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Old 11-19-2012, 05:06 PM
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wow, that would kill mpg on my 5MT.... yikes.

some neighboring states in my area are 70mph where people drive like 80mph+. mpg was hurting on the obc, so i slowed to 70mph. :D

i can imagine how bad mpg will be at 90mph...
 
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Old 11-19-2012, 05:31 PM
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Originally Posted by kenchan View Post
i can imagine how bad mpg will be at 90mph...
Funny that your first thoughts were about your mpg... for someone who has a G and a Z...
 

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