So I got off work around 0530 this morning while it was still dark. Did my usual routine; checking my tires, strapping on my backpack and turning on the lights. Headed out the gate onto the remote 4-lane hwy that is surrounded by woods and clicked up to about 20 mph. I had no sooner clicked-up to that higher gear when I noticed something big and black come out of the woods about 50 ft. in front of me, running my way like he was going to head me off. I mean, I've dealt with dogs doing crap like that, but a wild hog?? Hell, this was the first time I ever even seen a wild hog when riding a bike! How do you even deal with something like that??.......What do you do, hit him with a frame pump??......Squirt him with a water bottle??
Man I was scared. That hog had to weighed over 300 lbs, and he was big and black, and blended well with the early morning darkness. I have to give credit though to my home made 20-watt halogen light I built, because it lit up the road well beyond him, giving me a chance to track his actions and evade him. I was already doing about 20, so with that kind of momentum I 'clicked' up another gear, swinging wide across both lanes and dropped the hammer. I guess it was just sheer dumb luck there wasn't any traffic out, because I would've surely been nailed. It was crazy though, because I had no idea how fast a hog could run, so with that on my mind I really had to crank up the proverbial 400 watts to... "GET THE HELL OUTTA THERE!!" Maximum speed on bike computer said 31.1, and I always wondered how fast I could sprint, given my age and weight!.......So I guessed I found out, huh!! (sheesh)