Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Yankeetown/Orlando, Florida
Bikes: Road Bikes: 2014 Giant Propel Advanced 1; 1989 Klein Quantum, 2013 Giant Defy 2, & Mountain Bike: 2013 Cannondale Six
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Motor Cycle/ Dirt Bike on MUP near miss
Taking the new bike for a test drive last evening on West Orange Trail in Orlando. At mile 23 I pass two pedestrians on their left, so I am left of center on the path intending to move back to my right. Suddenly, sounding like a chain saw, a motor cycle comes onto the trail immediately ahead of me on my left from a 90 degree angle. He looked startled (early 20's male with no helmet) as was I. He missed me by about 2 feet, but I instinctively hit my brakes and felt the rear wheel lock and go to my right. I stayed upright, as did he. We were in an area that is very nearly a tunnel through the trees, with a subdivision on my right and a low swampy area to my left, and there is no trail that enters the MUP.
I've dodged kids jumping in front of me, kids throwing a tree branch in front of me, dogs chasing me, a kid on a bike playing "chicken" coming towards me, but never a motor cycle/dirt bike coming perpendicular onto the trail. The last time I rode West Orange on a weekend I swore I'd never do it again. I'm done with it now.