As past stories of people breaking their legs trying to do the very thing I plan to do are flashing through my memory banks, I jump in anyway and although it hurt like the devil with bruising and bumping abounding, (once I stomped the brake and stopped, the pain from those bumps came pouring into my nervous system and I had to stop and let it pass before moving on), I managed not to break anything – praise Yah!
The John Deere Gator has suicide doors and thankfully, when I exited the machine to shut the gate, I had left the driver’s side door open. This at least gave me the opportunity to jump in as it picked up speed heading down hill towards trees and a deep ditch. Running as fast as a 52 year old out of shape woman can, I caught up with it and a bit ahead so I could dive in through the open door. Remember with suicide doors I have to plan to jump be in front of the door, then adjust speed so I end up going the opposite direction to land in the seat of the forward moving Gator.
Needless to say, the lesson from this week is to ALWAYS set the parking brake. ALWAYS!