Had agreat ride to the shopping center, where we enjoyed an apple and some juice. On the way back, a couple were walking with two loose dogs. As I approached, they called the dogs in - OK. But, as I got closer, one of the dogs walked away directly into my path. The owner made no attempt to call it back.
Well, I had slowed and came to a stop. My wife, who was behind me, had been watching the dogs and not me. I did not have time to signal a stop, and she fell over in her attempt to not hit me.
She hit her head pretty hard, and cut her leg. She did not feel she could ride back, and we failed in trying to contact some close-by friends. We debated the ER and 911, but we have been through that before and DETEST the whole long process, hours of wait, etc. She didn't seemhurt that bad. So, we got her back to a rest stop, and I pedaled furiously home and got the van. We decided to not go to the ER, and she is doing fine tonight, but will be sore tomorrow.
We yelled rather loudly at the owners, who stupidly said, "Well, there is no leash law on this path." Wrong - the whole county has a leash law.
Well, she is OK, I am OK, I got a few miles in of very past pedaling on a mtn bike.
I don't quite know the moral to the story except, "**** happens."