Has anyone had this happen?
I had to go to over to Dayton, so I took my bike with the idea that on the way home I would detour a tiny bit off I-70 and take a ride on the Prairie Grass Trail. This is a 30 mile stretch of rail-trail that runs through a very rural area from London, OH to Xenia--where it connects with the Little Miami Trail to Cincinnati.
Anyway, I was on the return leg of 10 miles, enjoying how fast I can go on this new bike of mine, down in the drops---had just swerved to the left to avoid a groundhog--and suddenly there is a huge pickup truck pulling onto (across) the path not 10 feet in front of me! He then stopped on the path but fortunately left just enough room behind for me to clear him by inches--I don't believe that I could have stopped in time to avoid a collision, or done so if I hadn't already been to the left side of the trail.
I'm sure he was a farmer cutting across to one of his fields (there was a gated fence where he stopped) & just didn't expect to see a cyclist at 8:45 in the evening--altho I did pass a few more before I finished.
This and other rural rail-trails in central Ohio do cross roads which are well marked, even some field roads, but I've rarely had to wait on traffic. This was a total surprise--no indication of a crossing of any sort. The irony of it being that I ride the trails to avoid cars!