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Old 09-26-07, 05:57 PM   #1
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I got hit on the way to work...by a bird!

Was riding the MUP on my commute this morning. About 15 minutes before dawn. Had my headlight on, in my own quiet little world keeping an eye out for any unlikely early joggers or dog walkers or the occasional early waking rabbits.

I was going about 15 mph on a straight section. All of a sudden, I see something dark come out of the field directly at me on the left, I have enough time to recognize it as a bird but not what kind. Maybe a mourning dove. It misses my left leg, flies though the triangle of the bike, hits my water bottle and knocks it half out of the cage, bounces off the inside of my right leg and goes into the corn field on the right side.

Scared the bajeepers out of me! I let out what I hope was a manly squeal if there was anyone around to hear it. If it would have landed in my lap or hit my helmet, I would have crashed for sure just from freaking out! I was so freaked, I didn't even see if he was ok. Everything he hit was soft or giving, so he probably ended up just startled like me.

I am always careful of rabbits and squirrels as they are naturally spastic. Have had to avoid a couple of turtles and one snake. I have even had to slow for a few deer. But, I have never had even a remotely close encounter with a bird before. They always fly away from me. I thought maybe we had an understanding. I guess we don't. lol

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Old 09-26-07, 06:23 PM   #2
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Yikes, I thought my encounters with the Geico squirrels on the MUP I used to use in Cali was bad.
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Old 09-26-07, 06:24 PM   #3
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I had a young seagull take off and flap its wing into my front wheel this summer. I came round a streetcorner and startled it i think, feathers everywhere and I was lucky to stay up. I was on my way home from a night shift, really woke me up...
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Yikes, I thought my encounters with the Geico squirrels on the MUP I used to use in Cali was bad.
haha i LOVE that commercial! I love squirrels in general, they are curious creatures for sure. But when they get into my bird feeder, well thats not for this forum!

all i get is bugs...no animals jumpin out in front of me
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Yikes, I thought my encounters with the Geico squirrels on the MUP I used to use in Cali was bad.
lol. I had forgot about that one. I have me those guys before too. And they have been teaching the rabbits the same tricks.
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I had a young seagull take off and flap its wing into my front wheel this summer. I came round a streetcorner and startled it i think, feathers everywhere and I was lucky to stay up. I was on my way home from a night shift, really woke me up...
Oh yes. I am glad it wasn't in the tire. That would have been a mess.
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bummer, been hit by bats a couple of times, but never a bird, although I almost got taken out by some chickens once.
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I hit a deer once while mountain biking. She was just a little doe, but enough impact on my seat tube to break it.
I've also hit a couple turkeys.
And once, I ran into a cloud of locusts while in Kentucky... that was just nasty.
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Got hit by a bird in the arm, and a small bat in the face!
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Was it like the time the goose collided with Fabio?

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Man, it's hard to look cool in that situation but he is doing his best. lol
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Fabio actually seems like a pretty cool guy with a good sense of humor. He's been struck TWICE in the face by bird while on roller coasters. One time it was a goose. His face killed both birds.

Anyways... (ahem) I had some deer run within a few feet of me a few weeks ago, I squealed a bit. Not sure if it could qualify as "manly".

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A couple of people mentioned MUP. Pardon my ignorance, but would someone tell me what MUP is?
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A couple of people mentioned MUP. Pardon my ignorance, but would someone tell me what MUP is?
MUP = Multi Use Path
Basically a big sidewalk to be used for runners, walkers, bicyclists, roller bladers, etc...
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I had a seagull go through the frame of my bike one day. It flapped around between my knees for a few pedal revolutions before exiting and flying off a little dazed.
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Funny thread. It strikes a chord with me because now I'm living in Australia (sydney) and apart from there being what seems to be every deadly animal known to man over here (snakes, crocs, spiders, sharks...) there are also birds, who in other countries are very tame, who attack you. I refer to the humble magpie. Every yr when they nest they will attack you if your out walking anywhere near their nesting site. This may seem funny but school kids walk to school with boxes on their heads to protect themselves such is the ferocity of the atacks. I have experienced this first hand riding my mountain bike on a city street. They will attack your head trying to peck at your eyes. Luckily I was wearing a helmet so all I received was a few knocks to the helmet. Don't think this is for country people either - Sydney is a very green city so trees are on practically every street and this means magpies are everywhere. To avoid attacks while commuting you paint a set of eyes atop your helment and the magpie won't attack you because it thinks your looking at it. They always attack from behind. How funny is that?
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Been attacked by bats twice. On-going feud with the rabbit community.
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Personally I have ate every critter whose ever had the nerve to assault me on my bicycle. Bugs make an excellent protein snack when they fly directly into your mouth, its like a kamikaze pizza delivery, only smaller and better for me.
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I've had three very close calls with squirrels, two in front of my front tire by inches
and one ran BETWEEN my front and rear tire when I was going 20 miles an hour. I
almost had a heart attack with that one.

Weirdest call: riding my mountain bike on the road to a local trail I found myself
going 17 mph downhill and in between a deer and two babies. The deer were so
close I could hear them breathing - nearly collided right into one of them.
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Was riding with Mattyknacks last week. He hit a rat that ran out in front of him, poor thing squealed bloody hell till it rolled off the pier into the water. I'm not a fan but I hate seeing anything suffer.

Later that night a rat came out, hit my front tire and ran up my leg before jumping off. Ugh!

I've had to duck a few pigeons who just fly without looking sometimes.
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Scared the bajeepers out of me! I let out what I hope was a manly squeal if there was anyone around to hear it.

Sorry, dude! There just ain't no such thing as a "manly squeal" - no matter how much of a man you really are, you'll still sound like a 12 year lod girl!
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Hey, I get attacked by inanimate objects! Last weekend I was coasting down a long curvy hill, going about 20 - 25 mph at the time, when a sycamore leaf that was drifting down out of a tree plastered itself right across my sunglasses, leaving a tiny opening in the lower left corner that I could see through. I shook my head thinking it would blow off, but that thing had clamped on like some alien creature trying to inject me with its spawn! I finally had to reach up with one hand and peel it off.

I think you could make shoe soles out of sycamore leaves!
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And thank God I didn't cut loose with a squeal, manly or otherwise!
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I've had three very close calls with squirrels, two in front of my front tire by inches
and one ran BETWEEN my front and rear tire when I was going 20 miles an hour. I
almost had a heart attack with that one.
Not while cycling, but squirrel related. They're brave little beasties. A huge tree fell on our house in an ice storm. It sat there for a few days before we cut it up. Hubby was slicing the trunk when we got to a cleft in the trunk that we didn't know was there. After a couple of cuts, a squirrel came flying out and scared the pants off of us! A couple of cuts later, another squirrel jumped out, but this one jumped OVER the blade as it was going through the tree! There was a total of SIX squirrels hiding in that tree, and five of those did the daredevil trick of jumping OVER the chainsaw blade with just inches to spare between blade and tree!

Funniest thing I've ever seen, and I'm SO glad they all made it over the blade! ::yuck::

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Sorry, dude! There just ain't no such thing as a "manly squeal" - no matter how much of a man you really are, you'll still sound like a 12 year lod girl!



So true. I am glad the MUP is deserted at that time of morning!

Nice to hear all the animal stories. I don't feel like the animal kingdom has it out for me specifically now.
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