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A first one this morning(5 posts)

A first one this morning03Vortex
Jul 2, 2003 5:28 AM
While many of us have likely had the unfortunate experience of running over a suicidal squirrel, this morning I ran over a baby racoon. Couldn't avoid it as it just ran right in front of me. Poor thing let out such a scream and i never saw it again. I didn't go down and fortunately had both hands in the drops with full control. That was a first.
I was just about to post about the squirrel I hit last night!jtferraro
Jul 2, 2003 6:30 AM
Yup, guess a suicidal one! ;-) I can't believe you hit a baby racoon! Must have been cute - the little you saw of it. Same w/me...just ran out in front of me at the last possible second - no time to react (maybe a good thing). I was just starting to put power into the bike as I just crested a roller. I heard something russling in the weeds to my right, next thing ya' know..."thump"! It had jumped out, right in front of my front tire. I don't think the rear tire hit it, but I'm not 100% certain. I think I was doing close to 30 MPH but I didn't look back or turn around. I said "That's something to post about!". =)

-Jeff
re: A first one this morninggdtrfb24
Jul 2, 2003 7:50 AM
I all most had the same experience, but the squirrel actually hit the spokes on the front tire and bounced off making an interesting "bwang" sound. Scared the %$#@ out of me!!!!
re: A first one this morningTheBigM
Jul 2, 2003 9:35 AM
I rolled over a ground hog a couple years ago. Luckily I managed to stay upright and the little bugger made some angry noises at me before continuing his ill timed sprint for the bushes.
re: A first one this morningwitcomb
Jul 3, 2003 4:12 AM
Well, my first road ride out passed a farm with 2 large dogs, which have the passion for chasing cars and apparently bikes. Needless to say even with a heavy headwind and tired legs, the pass picked up pretty fast when I realised that the dog was infact going to pick up the chase and was only 2 feet off my back tire.

I have yet to run anything over, but one day while mtbiking and just about to pickup after a spill, a little mouse ran out from under a rock (yeah, the trail consists of 99.95% rock). He looked at my tire 6" from its head, let out the loudest sweak a mouse could possibly make just as I was starting to roll forward and ran back under the rock. It was the funniest thing I had ever seen.