I took a nice ride yesterday evening, about 12 miles or so. Hey! Shaddup! That IS a nice ride for me.
Anyways, this ride just goes over to one of few streets in my town with bike lane, and then to a nice little training bump. I say bump, because compared to what some of you do, it's not a hill or a climb, just a bump in the road. But for me it's a real hill and it still kicks my bum, but sooner or later I'm gonna kick back. But I digress, this story is about what happened on the way to the hill.
So I took the side streets over to this one street with a bike lane. The side streets have very little traffic and I'm free to do what I please, except of course for the stop signs. Btu I finally make it over to the bike lane which is on a busier street, so naturally traffic also picks up.
So I'm going down this one hill just past the Korean church, and theres oncoming traffic, and a vehicle approaching from behind. Lo and behold now is when the freakin squirrel decides to try and cross the road! From my side of the road! Of course he darts half-way out in the road, then turns back and runs up on the grass. Ok. everything is fine.
After the vehicle from behind passes, I took a quick look at the speedometer and I'm only going about 23 at the time (don't laugh that IS fast for me). I look back up in the bike lane and there's the squirrel! Half-way across he turns back toward the grass! Then he dances the death dance in the bike lane! Now I don't know about you, but I'm not swerving into traffic with my 250 lbs. on a Gary Fisker HKEK while going downhill at 25mph to avoid a suicidal squirrel!
Yep. Front wheel. Rear wheel. Bumpity bump. Didn't look back, too busy making sure I'm not on the road a few yards from him. Looked for him on my return trip, but decided it wasn't worth crossing the street to return to the scene of the incident.
So the question is.... can I be charged for this? Will there be little pictures of me on wanted posters throughout the squirrel communities? Will they form a lynch mob and come after me, digging up the yard, leaving pine cones pieces all over my car? Should I be afraid of squirrel "street justice"? Have you ever done this?