Things Go Bad Fast When Motorcyclist Crosses Colorado Floodwaters

Don’t drive through moving water. You’ve heard it over and over, and this video illustrates the wisdom of that advice.

Motorcyclist Michael Henao decided to cross a flooded roadway during massive Colorado flooding in September, 2013. He loses control of his bike, gets swept downstream and under a strainer of tree limbs. It’s all captured on his GoPro camera for posterity.

Things go wrong starting at about 1:00.

It took two weeks for Michael to recover his bike and begin rebuilding. From the looks of it, he was lucky to get away with his life. —Sean McCoy

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Managing Editor Sean McCoy is a life-long outdoorsman who grew up hunting and fishing central Wisconsin forests and lakes. He joined GearJunkie after a 10-year stint as a newspaperman in the Caribbean, where he learned sailing and wooden-boat repair. Based in Denver, McCoy is an avid trail runner, camper, hunter, angler, mountain biker, skier, and beer tester.