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    What have you hit?

    Last night I almost hit my second deer in two years. I know it sounds incredible, but it's true. Right about the start of hunting season in PA last year, I was riding along a trail that runs through the Valley Forge National Park, when out of the brush jumps this doe, brushes me hard enough to knock me over, and then bounds off down the ravine. Yersteday, there was almost a repeat of this on the same trail. This time, however, it was a group of three. I'm very lucky that I missed them all. It really put the "how to stop in an emergency" theory to the test. I grabbed the brakes, shot my weight back behind and below my seat and squeezed for all I was worth. I'm not sure if their hearts or my heart was beating faster. When I used to ride a motorcycle, I hit a rabbit at about 80 MPH and almost lost control of the bike. It was a big reason I gave up (at least until both kids are out of college) riding a motorcycle. I'm not, however, going to give up riding my bicycle... deer be damned.
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    I have hit a squirrel and a rabbit. Almost hit a buzzard but I ducked under it at the last second.
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    I hit my garage door last week. Don't ask..

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    Hit a squirrel. It was like running over a fire hose. Little guy just ran off into the woods.

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    Hit a rattlesnake when I was flying down my dirt road to the mailbox. Came close once with a young bull moose on the mountain above my house. Was going warp speed around a corner and there he was in the middle of the road . Fortunately about the time I grabbed the binders, he wheeled and ran back down the road.

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    Thirty years ago, I hit a 5-year-old boy who darted across the road. He was more shaken than injured, and I actually fell properly, rolling and limiting the damage to mild road rash on both elbows and both knees. I was able to ride 10 miles back home after resting a few minutes and washing down my wounds (great argument for filling at least one water bottle with plain water).
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    I just miss about two possums and an armadillo (or two) every day. They're already road kill, but the narrow track that I must ride to get to the lakes seems to attract carcasses since it's only inches from the side of the road. The critters change but the zombie drivers never do...

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    A couple of years ago, a guy riding in front of me kicked up a sparrow from the grass alongside the road. The sparrow chose its escape path poorly, and was still gaining altitude when it hit my helmet, went sailing over the pack's heads, and plopped on the pavement.

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    Haven't hit much- except the trails fairly hard when I fall- but I should be used to that by now. a ride of a few weeks ago damaged 3 cars in 3 separate incidents- but they hit us.

    Last October I did a night ride and had the odd Badger and Fox get startled by me but also on this ride- I had a pheasant fly up from under my front wheel and it lost a few feathers in doing so. That was scary but not as worrying as a bit further on I saw what I thought was a walker about 50 yards in front of me with a fluorescant striped jacket. I was trying to conserve batteries and then the stripes went. Put the big lights on to find the biggest Deer Stag I had ever seen charging at me. The track was only about 20ft wide or narrower with the bushes and It was charging at me at full gallop Got off the bike and when It was about 25 ft away, as I was about to chuck the bike at it and dive left- It veered right and jumped the fence. The stripes by the way are painted on so cars can see them when they get on the road. I made certain that I did not startle any other wildlife on that ride- by singing the odd Folk song whenever I got into the enclosed tracks.
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    When I was 12 I hit ChiChi Blomquist and knocked her up onto the sidewalk. Her father rushed out and swore he'd kill me. Wearing flipflops, I got my toe stuck in the spokes of my fat tire Schwinn and mangled. Later had minor surgery. To this day, it is a strangely shaped toe....a reminder of a hot evening in July,1959. In high school, ChiChi claimed to have out of body experiences, but I doubted any connection.
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    Time for a change. stapfam's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by HopedaleHills
    I hit my garage door last week. Don't ask..

    Why? Don't mean about the Don't ask


    Why did you hit the Garage?
    How long was I in the army? Five foot seven.


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    I was riding one summer's day, the temps were over 100 in the middle of the desert. I hit a small patch of algae. It wiped me out.

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    Snakes, snakes and more snakes. Not intentionally - we just have a lot that like to sun on the cement trail. I might see 10-15 snakes in a 20 mile ride, and if they are around a corner, kplowie!

    Have just missed a deer or two.
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    Occasionally, when passing a dairy, I'll go through cowpud.....only partly humorous if its fresh. Fenders advisable. Luckily never slid out by passing through it in a turn. I understand riders in Belgium are frequently splashed with pigpud. Far nastier stuff. As pud goes, horse is the best for not losing traction.
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    I haven't hit anything recently, but my (stoker) wife hits me everytime I fail to call out a bump. It's only a friendly reminder sort of hit. She also scratches my back, so I guess I shouldn't complain...

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    A bobcat. No really, a bobcat.

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    Several years ago a friend and I were touring on Prince Edward Island. I was about 30 feet behind him going 19mph (we had a nice tailwind and a computer) Suddenly a cat jumped out of the ditch and got cought in his rear wheel. He went down and I missed him..A serious case of road rash developed, which we cleaned up a bid at a local farmhouse. I wondered what they though there as this was the beginning of the Aids scare. After a stop a a not-so-nearby clinic, my partner continued on the rest of our 200 mile tour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Paulie
    I notice that DnvrFox failed to mention this when he recommended his area as a desirable cycling destination in another thread!
    1. I am impressed that you can still remember from one thread to another. Or do you keep index cards?

    2. So, what is wrong with snakes? They are excellent for controlling varmints, and the kids love to play with them. They sure beat crocodiles, alligators, etc - i.e., Florida, LA and other states.
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    A rattlesnake in Nevada. My daughter hit two great horned owl fledglings hidden in a trail through long grass. Didn't seem to hurt them, but they really clicked their bills.

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    A couple of years ago I was riding down a trail and was just getting on a long bridge. From the other direction a deer came running at full speed down the trail onto the same bridge. I stopped and the deer looked up and came to a screeching halt. He was about 25 feet away. He turned around and run back down the trail for about a half mile before exiting into the brush.
    Today a squirrel decided to race me. I had a solid 20 mph headwind so I was only going about 12 mph. The squirrel cut in front of me running underneath my boom and his tail brushed my leg.
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    A bee flew in my mouth. Does that count?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mojo Slim
    A bee flew in my mouth. Does that count?
    Yeah, that counts. I got stung seven times on one ride. Hurt worse then when I hit the deer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mojo Slim
    A bee flew in my mouth. Does that count?
    Thats cheating--- Extra protein on the ride.
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    OK stapfam, I was coming into my driveway after a ride at a pretty good clip, went to unclip my right foot and it didn't unclip. Like a dope I looked down at my foot for the 2nd attempt. When I looked back up I was inches from the garage door. The front wheel is OK.

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    Time for a change. stapfam's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by HopedaleHills
    OK stapfam, I was coming into my driveway after a ride at a pretty good clip, went to unclip my right foot and it didn't unclip. Like a dope I looked down at my foot for the 2nd attempt. When I looked back up I was inches from the garage door. The front wheel is OK.
    Now that is a very good reason, and I can understand that. Glad to see the wheel is ok- But Ideal time to change the colour of the Garage door now
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