Keep a safe distance behind other vehicles AND If something in your heart says 'don't get on the bike' - LISTEN UP!!!! I just came within a metre of being dead! It is my day off today- a beautiful sunny day here. I woke up and decided to go on a ride through the mountains on my own. I had a nagging feeling not to go, but the day is gorgeous so I shook off the nagging doubt and put on my leathers. The twisties were great- no traffic on a Monday- nice ride. I came to a T-intersection where the main road leads out to the highway home, there was a truck full of wheelie bins in front of me. ( Not sure you call them wheelie bins down there?) The stretch of road is posted 100kmh and I was patiently waiting for a safe spot to pass. Luckily I was keeping my distance to see around him because all of a sudden a bin came flying off the back of the truck! It was sheer luck that saved me. We would have been doing just over 100kmh when it happened. The bin bounced about 2 ft infront of my bike and for some reason I opted to swerve right and gas it to get away from him. The bin bounced on the road and flew over my left shoulder without hitting me or breaking into pieces. The truck driver just drove on oblivious. Not 2 mins up the road I got stuck behind a gravel truck. I was shaking like jelly still, but opted to keep riding as I thought that if I stopped I wouldn't be able to get back on. I kept way back from him as my turn-off was just up the road. What do you know....... his mud guard comes flying off onto the road infront of me! Needless to say I am quivering infront of the computer pumping myself full of coffee!