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Anyone hit some interesting living creatures??(28 posts)

Anyone hit some interesting living creatures??spyderman
May 23, 2002 9:05 PM
I hit a bird yesterday. On the same ride, I almost hit some chickens loose in the road.. Strange day..

Anyone else?
re: Anyone hit some interesting living creatures??rwbadley
May 23, 2002 9:48 PM
At 30 mph I hit a June bug the size of a house.
The darn thing about caved in my chest, and nearly knocked me off the bike.

Also, came around a fast downhill corner into a crowd of turkey vultures feasting in the middle of the road. Enormous birds with seven foot wingspans. Brushed one, with no damage other than a blown line and near fatal heart attack.

We sometimes get plagues of these nasty Mormon crickets that are kinda gross to ride over, they go crunch, make the bike a mess, and make the roads dangerously slick,
Chased an alligator... and a squirel hit meyfoiler
May 24, 2002 3:05 AM
Well, I'm glad I didn't hit it but I chased an alligator that decided he wanted to cross Jones Loop road a while back. My riding buddy saw it up ahead first and said;"what do you think?" I jumped outta the saddle, sprinted right towards the gaitor while screaming at him... He stopped, raised his head, spun around, and made a bee-line back down into the ditch. Don't know what I would have done if he stood his ground.

Last week a squirel jumped into my rear spokes while trying to avoid me. That made an interesting sound...

re: Anyone hit some interesting living creatures??netso
May 24, 2002 3:18 AM
Ran over a Rattlesnake. Scared the hell out of me!
Shiiiiiite... That would get me too... eomspyderman
May 25, 2002 11:22 PM
Ran over a rattlesnake. - nmdirthead
May 24, 2002 3:45 AM
A bird crapped on my helmet, but it didn't run through the ventswoodes
May 24, 2002 4:05 AM
The 'Blue Bird of Happiness' I guess... eomspyderman
May 25, 2002 11:21 PM
I don't hit nothing, they hit me!longfellow68
May 24, 2002 4:33 AM
I get this alot.
Riding along and out of nowhere a large bug doing 20mph at least smacks right into the side of my face. It hurt.
Are they attracted to certain colors or something?
Whitetail deerAlexx
May 24, 2002 4:42 AM
I was 18 or 19, and going fast down a steep hill on my old Brigestone, after dark, no light. A car passes me, flushing the deer out of the brush next to the road. It was a big buck! Luckily, I only hit him obliquely in the stomach region, and he quickly turned away and ran off. Oh, yes, he smelled bad, too.
Not lately....vitusdude
May 24, 2002 4:54 AM
but over the years many squirrels have taken their own lives playing the daring game of 'run through the moving spokes'. When will they learn they cannot outrun the whirring wheel?
60 pound dog. He won, I lost.............................(nm)Dave Hickey
May 24, 2002 5:16 AM
Ouch!!!!!!!!!!! eomspyderman
May 25, 2002 11:19 PM
Paced a deerBean
May 24, 2002 5:20 AM
I was coming down in between hills to a bridge with a small creek and a deer was standing in the middle of the bridge. As I got closer with it's back to me, I wanted to smack it as I passed but started yelling at it instead as I was concerned it might turn and clip me, so as it started to run the chase was on. It became a 26 MPH uphill sprint until it found a grove to run off into and over the fence it went into the bean field. It would buck it's rear legs back up in the air every so many feet. It seemed so funny that it would run along like that instead of just jumping the fence and running into a field at first. I also untangeled a goose out of a ditch in tall grass it was stuck in on this same road. The goose kept biting at my front tire as I kept working it out of the ditch. It then flew away once in the open part of the field when it was able to start running.
Never hit anything, but got chased by 2 pigs oncegreg n
May 24, 2002 5:53 AM
It was really pretty funny. One was your average pig size and the other was like Babe. They were standing on the side of the bike path and as soon as I passed, they decided to chase. Of course being pigs, they weren't running very fast, but they actually followed me for quite awhile.
Quite a visual... eomspyderman
May 25, 2002 11:18 PM
Top this: Armadillo and four-foot iguanaGator
May 24, 2002 6:05 AM
1. On the aptly titled Armadillo Trail at my local MTB area, pop off a little drop and what's sitting in front of me but Mr. Armadillo himself. He did his little curl-up-in-a-ball deal and I NAILED him, felt like I hit a log. He then uncurled and hauled ass off the trail (hopefully) none the worse for wear. I also had a red fox cross right in front of me once, but I mananged to avoid him.

2. So I'm riding along minding my own business, when this HUGE iguana drops (fell?) out of a tree about 20 feet in front of me. I nail the brakes and I guess he hears the brake squeal, because he turns around, looks at me, and then proceeds to run right in front of me for about 50 yards at what must be 20 mph -- those guys are FAST when the need to be. He eventually launched himself up a tree and that was that, but not something that happens every day.
Gator, you are so funny!! nmAllisonHayes
May 24, 2002 11:05 AM
re: Anyone hit some interesting living creatures??funknuggets
May 24, 2002 6:54 AM
1. T-Boned a collie going 43mph... made interesting work of my Specialized Allez. Bent the top and down tubes so far, it pinned the front wheel in between the right crank arm and big chain ring. Yikes. Made interesting work of my chin, face and elbow.

2. Clipped a confused groundhog who nearly dove into my front wheel after changing his mind 14 times as to which way he was going to run. I clipped his back with my right foot and he rolled several times before skittering off to the side.

3. Launched off the back of a large snapping turtle once, on purpose... didnt get as much air as I would have hoped, but didnt crash my roadbike either... Those things are creepy.

4. Several of us were buzzing along happily when we came upon what we thought was a racoon roadkill. Being near the center of the road, we all went to the right of it and much to our chagrin, the sucker jumped at us and made this amazingly loud garbled squeak sound that caused the dude nearest the 'coon to veer right into the rest of us, nearly causing a 4 bike pileup in the middle of nowhere. Two went down, another rode off the side of the road. Luckily I stayed up, but didnt go anywhere near that coon. I approach roadkill much differently to this day.
Racoons, turtles, groundhogs, dogs... Oh my...spyderman
May 25, 2002 11:17 PM
You've got some good ones... What is it that makes those stupid dogs chase cyclists? I love dogs, but can't figure it out... I guess it's either a game or a teritorial thing... Don't they realize we'll be gone in 5 secs... My dog is a yellow lab. She can't be bothered...

Almost ran over a rattlesnake once....DINOSAUR
May 24, 2002 8:05 AM
A couple of years ago, about this time of year. On an out-and-back ride and on my way back home, descending at a pretty good clip on a back country road. I gazed ahead a saw what appeared to be a large tree branch laying crossways in my lane. I veered to the right to avoid the object and as I passed I looked down and saw the biggest rattlesnake I have ever seen in my life, about a 5 footer. It was not a pacific rattler, which is native to my part of the country, so when I got home I spent a lot of time researching rattlesnakes on the internet and determined that it was a Timber Rattlesnake. Must have come off a logging truck or a train. Everytime I pass that spot I remember Mr. Snake and look out for another one...
May 24, 2002 9:40 AM
About two weeks ago I was taking off my front wheel to put my bike into a car when I noticed a small piece of a worm sticking off my rear brake. I thought that was pretty gross by itself until I flipped my bike over to put it in the rear seat and found that I had apparently ridden through a patch of worms that morning. The whole underside of my bike, water bottles, brakes, derailleur, etc. were covered with worms. NOT pretty.
Several thousandp chop
May 24, 2002 10:41 AM
or maybe millions, all at once; they were crawling all over a piece pf rotting possum gut that got flung up on my lip.

Missed a groundhog by 2 inches the other day..Lone Gunman
May 24, 2002 1:03 PM
Full sized, came charging out of the weeds to my left at a 45 degree angle and he passed in front of my wheel on the right side by inches; I was going about 25mph.
Jumped by a deergrzy
May 24, 2002 1:55 PM
Spooked a doe and she decided that she simply must get to the other side of the road ahead of me, even though I'd already passed her. When she pulled abeam and realized she couldn't make it she jumped and landed on my back while I was in the drops. Piggy back ride made me unstable and I bounced of the LEFT guard rail in a blind corner before making street pizza. Fortunately I had witnesses (who were trying not to laugh) or else no one would ever believe me - heck I still have trouble believing it sometimes.

The award for hitting animals goes to the woman who hit a cow while descending one of the passes on the Death Ride. Knocked herself out and the cow barely noticed.
Grzy, good God! I'm sure it wasn't too funny then...spyderman
May 25, 2002 11:09 PM
But... I'd have been laughing too hard to finish that ride. Many jokes must've followed that one.

Thanks for sharing.

That reminds me...spyderman
May 25, 2002 11:34 PM
I used to ride up in Madison NJ. It's a great ride! There's a park w/paved cycle trails and the roads cut through a nature reserve. You could put together various 30-45 mile loops and never tire of the area. I really miss it!

We'd go out after work, abt 5pm... Not much traffic during rush-hour at all... We'd see soooo many head of dear that we'd lose count after 60... No joke. I'd always wonder if they'd ever try something...
re: Anyone hit some interesting living creatures??BradJackson
May 25, 2002 11:53 PM
Wow..glad to hear I'm not the only one. I'm up 3 squirells, 2 snakes (not rattlers thankfully), 1 rabbit (awww, I had to stop to make sure it was ok..unfortunately it wasn't), countless frogs/worms/snails (always after it rains) and one wild turkey (it lived) for the year. On the American River Trail here in Sacramento, we tend to get a lot of deer and the occasional mountain lion (only seen one so far), but fortunately, no collisions with either.