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Ya never know what you will encounter out on the road.......(22 posts)

Ya never know what you will encounter out on the road.......abicirider
Jun 19, 2003 5:09 AM
Just wondering if anybody else has ever had this strange encounter happen to them? Yesterday on my ride riding on a 1 lane highway each way speed limit 55mph. Anyways starting down a kinda short but steep hill not up to full downhill speed about 38mph coming up the hill in opposite direction a big old ford 4 wheel drive pickup truck next thing I know a bird is crashing into my chest at full speed what had happened was that at the same time a bird came flying out from the side of the road and the truck hit the bird sending the bird flying straight into me boy that will knock the wind out of you and surprise the hell out of you I tell you, never had that happen before.
Add that to the fact on Sunday I was on the same ride here in NC and at the same hill I was caught in the worse thunder lighting wind hail storm I have ever been it it was a complete white out, a cross wind at 40+ mph I actually had to unclip as I could not even pedal but how bizzare the exact same spot as the bird. Maybe somebody or something is trying to tell me something? nay just freak event I hope.

Be Safe Out On The Roads!!!!!!!!!!
Ray Still
Mooresville, NC
Jun 19, 2003 5:19 AM
where in NC, I want to make sure I skip that hill next month when I am in NC.

enjoy the hills! wish I could find one here
on the 801 Rowan county by Mt Ulla (nm)abicirider
Jun 19, 2003 6:00 AM
re: Ya never know what you will encounter out on the road.......Smeagol
Jun 19, 2003 5:24 AM
Yes, I have ridden into a bird flying. What is really scarry though are the Canadien Geese that dive bomb towards your front wheel to protect their nest.

Then getting hit by bird droppings isn't fun either.
One time at band camp..the bull
Jun 19, 2003 5:25 AM
I was riding along I heard a weird noise.A tow truck pulling a van with sparks coming off the front was coming toward me.The front wheel had come off and was rolling toward me in my lane at 55 mph!I steered were I thought it was not going but it was just following the path of God.Luckly that path was to my right and off the road.When it went of the side of the road and hit the ditch it must of flew 10 feet in the air.Imagine being taken out by a rolling van tire van tire!Good thing that was not a group ride!
re: Ya never know what you will encounter out on the road.......J2
Jun 19, 2003 5:45 AM
got stopped by a cow in the road. apparently it got out of it's fence and was standing in the middle of the road. i'm looking at it and it's looking at me and not looking happy. good thing the farmer was out there and they were trying to get this cow to move, even had dogs to help. finally got it to the other side of the road. worst thing was i was on a club ride on a solo break, got caught due to this cow. now i've used a lot of excuses for being caught but this was one of the best.
I saw it! I saw it!JS Haiku Shop
Jun 19, 2003 6:24 AM
and you were about to get caught anyway, 'cuz the TN State County City World Champion "J" was towing the group back to you over the Col d'Overpass.

me and that cow were in collusion. the farmer was paid off, too.

btw, just a few days before, from the same farmer's house (i'm assuming) across the street from that field, a beagle ran out into the street on a collision course with my front wheel. he was so fast (stealth beagle) that i had no time to react. his paw went into my spokes, he did a backflip in the air, and ran off. somehow i stayed upright. the rider behind me said he fully expected to taste the asphault. we couldn't find that dog or the owner when we turned around, but the doggie was there on "cow day", limping. we were probably going 30 down that stetch (it's a long downhill). :)
I saw it! I saw it!wspokes
Jun 19, 2003 6:57 AM
Sounds like some fin group rides!! Poor beagle...I have a route I take where everytime on the one downhill near an amish farm, there are sheep crossing or just hanging out on the road.
You mean y'all didn'tSpecialTater
Jun 19, 2003 7:08 AM
butcher that cow and put it in your Keith Carradine bag? Freakin city folk...
You mean y'all didn'tJS Haiku Shop
Jun 19, 2003 7:26 AM
LOL, carradine bag.

riding tonight?

keith carradine:
I'll be there...Mike Prince
Jun 19, 2003 11:09 AM
Gotta see the Harris/Schmidt banners painted on the lead up to the signature climb. Seeing that made my ride on Sunday.
Planning on it tooSpecialTater
Jun 19, 2003 11:14 AM
if the rain stays away. I'll be at the back of the last group.
Almost taken out by a large pack of DeerMR_GRUMPY
Jun 19, 2003 5:59 AM
Was on a team ride about two months ago, on a slight downhill, at about 35 mph. when a large pack (8-9) of Deer jumped out of the woods and decided to cross the road on the run. We had about 15 in our group and nobody went down.
That cudda' hurt.
stuff perceived stranger on long rides, on unfamiliar roadsJS Haiku Shop
Jun 19, 2003 6:37 AM
* an 8-inch beansprout suspended 10 feet in the air, spinning/hovering for several minutes in place. bizarro!

* turkeys in a homemade aviary in the front yard of a mobile home in the middle of absolutely nowhere, illinois. in march.

* an oversized doghouse with a satellite dish on the roof in the arkansas ozarks. in the front yard, a blinking sign: "last beer for 100 miles".
Panthera tigrisFTMD
Jun 19, 2003 7:03 AM
A tiger, in a homemade kennel/cage, in the middle of BFE Missouri.
Panthera tigrisSadlebred
Jun 19, 2003 7:55 AM
I always wondered if the cold beer was warm and closed, could you bring it with you? This is from Cheaha State Park in Alabama where a mountain bike race was held a few years ago.
re: beerJS Haiku Shop
Jun 19, 2003 9:49 AM
i'm guessing if it's cold, that means they propose to a'drankin' that brew. no self-respecting alamaban would drank a hot beer.

it's my contention that any beer i'd bring into a state park would taste just as bad warm as cold.

Road Kill!Creaky Carnivore
Jun 19, 2003 8:28 AM
Last week I crested a hill and was generously passed by a driver. As he headed over the double yellow to pass me he ran over a fat and ripe ground hog carcass. The fetid flying internal organs blasted out of the thing, and barely missed my front wheel. Ahh the stench!
Road Kill!Fender
Jun 19, 2003 9:43 AM
not as bad as having a lady flag you down to remove a dead baby dear from the side of the road.
Car tire from no-where...PdxMark
Jun 19, 2003 9:45 AM
I was riding along the main drag of a small town I often ride through. Streets intersect the main drag only from the right - coming down a steep hill. The hill drops down steeply on the left side of the main street, behind the storefronts, so all of the intersecting streets from the right end at the main drag.

Without a car around, I slowed for some reason as I approached one of those intersecting streets. Then, just ahead of me, a car tire shoots by from the right, tearing across the main drag, hitting the curb and bouncing over the top of a 10 foot sign in front of a vacant lot and then disappears down the steep bank. I look up the hill where the tire came from.... not a soul is around. If I hadn't slowed that tire would have taken me out.
re: Ya never know what you will encounter out on the road.......aliensporebomb
Jun 19, 2003 12:03 PM
A friend of mine were out riding and we were passing an
industrial building and it looked like a guy was lying
in the middle of the asphalt driveway just lying there
as if he was dead.

We left the rode and entered the driveway and stopped
right in front of him. He was just lying there totally
motionless and were like "geez, do we call the cops or
what?" since it appeared he was either dead or was
unconscious since nobody would willingly lie in the
middle of an asphalt driveway on a hot summer day.

Next thing I hear is "CUT!" and the guy gets up and we
look up and there's a film crew standing on the roof
with cameras and electronic gear and what-not. We didn't
even see them! The guy was an actor in a film! Totally
re: Ya never know what you will encounter out on the road.......dave_w
Jun 19, 2003 5:29 PM
That same coincidence of timing ended in the death of fast teenage rider here in Ga. about a year ago, substitute a deer for the bird. Find a new route eh!