I had an experience yesterday that I thought I would share, as it may help other riders realize that this does really happen, which I didn't fully agree with until yesterday.
Leaving my girlfriends house, she said she was worried, more worried than usual, I said, thats nice, but it doesn't help the fact that I have to go home, and it doesn't help me get home safely, at all. I left anyways, but i couldn't stop thinking about it, eventually I started thinking about the subject of what I would say to people if i knew it was my last ride, next thing i know i'm doing 120 into the start of a 40km curve. The turn had started, and time slowed the f*** down. (I ride a KLR 650, before I get any comments about dragging knees and being a pussy, it was also very unexpected) I was also in the left side of the lane on this right hand turn, when I realized what was about to happen, i just glanced to where I was heading, it took a second to tell myself not to hammer the brakes and keep my path, straight off the road, over a curb and down into some nasty bushes and trees. Instead I dug into the corner hard, no brakes, barely off the throttle, pointed it far right enough that I could straighten out, brake and then finish the turn. My rear was mighty squirrelly while braking, as it was still a rather close call.
All that icbc book road sense crap about being in the right state of mind to ride really does have a bit of merit. No matter where you have to be, or who is going to be upset that you're not there, wouldn't they be more choked if you never showed up at all?