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Old 10-11-08, 05:08 PM   #1
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Noise Identified (Funny)

This morning I did something pretty cool. I hopped on my bike and rode 30 miles to the next state and crossed the Mississippi River. This was a reasonably flat ride, though there was a 9 miles stretch of gravel river levee that kind of creeped me out. Very remote and lonely.

Anyway, my wife planned on picking me up at a pre-determined spot. Minutes before I got to the meeting place, I started hearing a crazy racket that I thought was coming from maybe the crank? I stopped and the noise stopped. i looked it over thinking that maybe I had done something to it on the gravel, but it all looked good, so I took off again. The noise started up again. I stopped and it stopped. I got off shook the crank and nothing. So I took off again and it started, but this time I did not stop. I slowed down to a crawl, but the same level of noise continued. Also, I had been riding next to an 8ft high retaining wall below a hospital.

I looked to my right and about split a gut laughing at myself. About 50ft away was a pond with a group (I think they call it a gaggle) of geese. What I was hearing was their chattering bouncing off the wall I was riding next to, and when I would stop, THEY would stop . I guess they went quite out of concern of what I would do, but each time I took off, they would start again.

Ok, maybe it was just funny to me
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Old 10-11-08, 05:33 PM   #2
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The geese were probably doing it on purpose.

I had a similar experience, not biked related, but I kept hearing this squeaking noise when I went up and the steps, almost as if the step was going to break. It turns out my belt buckle was rubbing the metal button of my jeans every time I took a step. I had to go up and down the steps a few times to figure that out too, heh.
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Old 10-11-08, 07:12 PM   #3
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Yes, geese are nefarious creatures. I wouldn't trust them. Horrible birds. I was attacked by a gaggle when I was 3 years old. Knocked me down and stole my box of popcorn. My mother laughed hysterically -- I suspect she was in cahoots with the geese.
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We have geese here that do the same thing. They don't like cyclists and laugh when they make us stop to investigate if it's a bike noise. They hang around cycling routes and imitate the sound of a spalling bearing.
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... They don't like cyclists and laugh ...
Well, at least they don't throw things. ...though, hmm... beware they might start dive bombing.
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We have geese here that do the same thing. They don't like cyclists and laugh when they make us stop to investigate if it's a bike noise. They hang around cycling routes and imitate the sound of a spalling bearing.
On my trip on the C & O Canal Towpath in June, there were gaggles of geese every mile or so on the upper section, near Cumberland, MD. The crowd of them would divide to let me through, hissing at me as I passed. They especially didn't like my bell-ringing.
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I've noticed a strange sound coming from the pedals from time to time. It's turned out to be the squeak of my shoes as they turn on the metal platform pedals, or my right heel rubbing the frame.
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Geese! That is pretty funny! lol

Did you take the Old Chain of Rocks across the river? If so, I know the canal path you are talking about and it is a little creepy down there as you head to the Lewis and Clark center.
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Hi Stujoe, no, I started from my home in Anna, IL and rode over to and through Cape Girardeau, MO. The levee was one of the Army Corp of Engineers agricultural levees. It was about 6 ft wide with big gravel and johnson grass about 6-7ft tall on both sides. I felt like a trapped rat trying to find the cheese. I guess the real reason it was kinda scary to me was the fact it was warm and if I split a tire I would be walking 3-4-5 miles to get out and the Cotton Mouths are still a little active and I get really freaked about snakes

Back to the Goose thing. I am becoming anti-Goose in my old age. I had pneumonia this summer and one day I was looking at my chest x-rays with my Dr. and I pointed in fear and said "what are those?". There were about 15 white masti/growths in both of my lungs

The Dr. smiled and said "You are from So. IL. and that is what everyones lungs looks like around here. It is Histoplasmosis. He went to his office and brought back an x-ray of his lungs, and same thing. He says that as we live right under the Mississippi Flyway (one of the major paths that geese take to get south in winter) we are subject to this affliction.

I am now having flashback of when I was a kid and during Oct-Nov I would stand outside as the sky would almost go dark with migrating geese in huge V-formations. I am sure I was standing with my mouth open, neck crained to the sky and GOOSE POOP was falling in my mouth

Ok, that is my story and i am sticking to it.

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Man, it sure sounded like you were up here for a weekend ride with that first description of the path. Maybe all the paths around the Mississippi are a little creepy. lol

And I had no idea geese could do something to your lungs! That is wild.
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