The smoking topic reminded me of something that happened to me on my first big country ride - swarms of bees. Two of them. Approaching the first one, I had no idea what it was & stared thinking "what is THAT?". Next minute I was peppered at 90kph with bees, cracking me on my helmet, jacket, jeans....they hurt quite a bit & I had bee juice all over my visor. My other half knew what it was cause he'd been through a swarm before and got stung...very painful ride home. so when we encountered this swarm he ducked his head (neither of us have a windshield on our bikes) and tucked in to minimalise the danger. Anyone got tips for dealing with bee swarms? So far my method is "duck head & slow down" They can be very dangerous!