This morning we had planned to have breakfast at iHop in Harker Heights, kinda between Killeen and Belton, and we weren’t sure if there would be a wait so we left home a few minutes earlier. Yesterday we left about 7:10 and this morning, we left about 6:50. Today was overcast so it seemed earlier . . darker. Yesterday we saw probably a dozen deer along the road between here and the first little town. It’s a very rural area, not many houses at all, a narrow 2 lane road . . which is unusual for Texas roads, and about 20 miles long. We probably weren’t three miles along that road and BAM . . hit a deer!
We lived in Kentucky for 9-1/2 years, in Missouri for 4-1/2 years and here over 4 years. I’m not sure we knew anyone in Kentucky, Missouri or Texas who hasn’t hit a deer and neither of us had ever hit one til this morning.
We were very lucky . . driving along that road 70 or 75 mph, it could have been so much worse. Vince knew not to swerve or hit the brakes. I would probably have done both but . . I also am the one always watching the sides of the road for deer. I even saw that one coming and yelled “DEER!” but Vince said “what was I supposed to do?”
There’s no serious damage to the car . . nothing that can’t be fixed. That front left fender is barely bent and the paint is kinda splintered. The deer’s feet must have scraped down the driver’s door but it isn’t dented – just scraped. The bumper will have to be replaced and that left headlight is bent and out of whack. I have a trip to MO planned in a few weeks and even if the body shop can’t get the whole car fixed, if they can get that headlight better aligned, I’ll still be able to go.
When we hit it, we stopped, looked at the damage, picked up the pieces of the bumper out of the road, talked about what a waste it was to not be able to put that deer in the freezer . . and went on to the Mother Earth News Fair. We were very blessed . . it could have been so much worse . . we could have been injured, car could have been disabled. I’m sorry it happened (for the car and the deer) but there’s always a bright side to everything.
On the trip yesterday, we were talking about how hard it was to believe our car is almost 9 years old and never had any kind of fender bender. Guess we shouldn’t have said that!
Life goes on and we are thankful . . things can be fixed!