Guys, I'm really glad you're both alright. Alaska, I can't imagine how it felt to see that driveshaft coming at you. Talk about a *holy sh!t* moment. Nice bit of riding to hang on with a flat and get the bike off the road, too. Hope all's well that ends well.
JWT, I know how you feel. I've made similar mistakes - I'm sure we all have - and later on said 'wow that was dumb, I'm lucky to be here.'
I do about half my riding at night (5 p.m. - 1 a.m. shift) and I try to keep in mind the advice from David L. Hough's 'Proficient Motorcycling,' which is basically this: Cut your speed, especially when you don't know the road, can't see what's on the other side of the turn or visibility is down. Glad you're OK and learned a valuable lesson. The alternative sucks!
Take it easy out there and be safe.
Blue '07 DL650 with OEM centerstand, OEM 'large' windshield, SW-Motech crash bars, Grip Puppies, JC Whitney top case, OEM handguards, Symtec heated grips, Throttle Rocker, SV Racing Frame Sliders, MadStad and frickin' laser beams
Black '80 Yamaha Maxim XJ650G