Jun 29, 2001 2:00 PM
|What critters have you had to deal with on a ride?
Today during my lunchtime ride I had just topped out of a short climb and as I settled back into the saddle I encountered a Kamikaze squirrel. This squirrel was determined to get under my front wheel. After several zigzags several inches in front on my wheel it decided to shoot up a tree on the opposite side of the road.
As I rode away, the squirrel could be seen shaking his tail and chattering at the crazy cyclist who tried to run it over. What a yarn it's squirrel friend were hearing...
Richard 8-) (watching for critters.)
|Reptiles (including birds) and amphibians||Gecko|
Jun 29, 2001 2:44 PM
|Basking lizards and snakes, the occasional salamander, and at this time of year...birds.
It's difficult enough for a fledgeling to learn how to fly and dodge the motor vehicles and predatory birds chasing after it during the process. Bicyclists are much more silent, and I've seen a few riders nearly collide with a juvenile. Life becomes even more interesting when the adult birds retaliate!
I have also become an expert at identifying roadkill. (Now I had better include mammals to my reply as well)!
|re: Moose on the Loose||JohnnyA|
Jun 29, 2001 3:05 PM
|Most memorable is the big ugly (are there any other kind?) moose charging me repeatedly. I saw her and thought I spooked her off so I proceed to climb on past. Then about 30 yards up the road I hear snorting and hooves behind. She's got hackles up and coming at me from below. Stupid me now realizes a calf must be nearby. Nowhere to go except up the hill. Momma moose made about 5 false charges at me as I am totally anaerobic trying to push the bike up the hill and clear out. Those two minutes seemed like two years.. |
Moose have big nostrils when you seem them up close..
Jun 29, 2001 3:07 PM
|I've had a couple run-ins with a momma moose and a calf. Never in quite that situation though. I would imagine that dogs chasing you is sort of anti-climactic after that.|
|Where was this?||Largo|
Jun 29, 2001 7:34 PM
|Where was this?||JohnnyA|
Jul 2, 2001 12:56 PM
|Two Rivers, Alaska (NM)|
Jun 29, 2001 3:10 PM
|Many years ago (I am ashamed to say) I used to ride without a helmet. I was riding through Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, when (I'm guessing) that a bird saw the bald spot on the top of my head and thought it looked like a nest. All I know is that a bird kept dive-bombing the bald spot on my head.|
|Hows this for critters?||Largo|
Jun 29, 2001 7:32 PM
|At the recent Kluane -Chilkat bike race, there were 14 different bear sightings on the side of the road, thats grizzly and black.
No incidents fortunately.
I'd post a picture if someone could tell me how to insert an image with my post.
Jun 29, 2001 8:39 PM
|Years ago at Lake Tahoe I came face to face with a bear on my MTB. I was by myself early in the morning on a climb. Came around a corner and 10 feet ahead is this bear. Dont no who was more scared him or me. I freeze, he bellows and runs off. I went into town and baught a bell. The whole rest of the trip I am riding thru the forest ringing this bell to scare off bears:-)|
Jun 29, 2001 11:24 PM
|I actually have hit two of those indecisive squirrels. One I ran over his tail with my tire and the other just ran into my spokes. Both times I was riding with a group, so all the bikes might have freaked them out. These squirrels must be Nuts!|
Jun 30, 2001 8:47 AM
|Riding through southern Georgia this summer, I saw a large snake come out of the tall grass onto the road. I slowed down to a crawl to check it out. Triangular head, brown and black diamond pattern, rattles on the end. Now, I'm a city boy, but it didn't take long to figure out which was the business end of this beast. In an s-pattern, it took half the lane of the road. Stretched out, I'm guessing it would have taken the whole lane. I slowly passed by on the non-business end. I looked up and down the road, and the nearest traffic was a quarter mile away in either direction. I don't know if it made it across the road before being flattened. The part that really shook me was that I had stopped to change a flat earlier in the day, right on the edge of the road. I swore to myself that the next stop, if needed, would be right in the middle of the road.|
|Just a few hours ago, an unidentified flying critter hit me in||bill|
Jun 30, 2001 4:51 PM
|the face, got caught under my helmet strap, and bit me 4 or 5 times as I cursed him/her and all of his/her insect ancestors. And descendants. Not terribly dramatic, but it still hurts.|
|Got "chased" by a coyote this morning||mike mcmahon|
Jul 1, 2001 7:53 PM
|I was starting my morning ride, headed up a hill near my house. I heard some rustling in the bushes and turned around to find a coyote chasing me in the bike path. Now, chasing may be a bit of an overstatement. He appeared to be a fairly large pup who was looking for a playmate. Actually, he was acting more like a friendly Golden Retriever puppy than any coyote I've ever seen. I let him follow for about 30 seconds when I remembered that his mommy might be somewhere in the brush, so I gave him a shout to scare him off. He ran off but he looked really disappointed that his new buddy would shout at him.|| |