Dude On Bike
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Spartanburg, SC
Bikes: Raliegh C40 Hybrid Bike. Cannondale R900 Triple. Schwinn World - Fixie Conversion
Yesterday I had more run-ins with dogs than usual. The first occured while approaching the top of a hill. I was about the surrender to an easier gear when I hear the distinctive sound of a dog's tags charging. "Oh crap, it's time to move!" Typically if I have enough of a warning, I'll try to get my water bottle out and aim for the nose as the dog approaches. Well this time I didn't have enough warning and I had to burn it on up the hill. The dog lost interest and I surprised myself with a new personal best climb-time.
Then again, last night I was on my way home from a friend's house and I took a long-cut through my neighborhood, hoping to stretch my ride out a little longer (and avoiding the house with the previous dog). After winding through a couple of streets, I remember that I was on the road of a notorious little pain in the ass toy poodle. He's a ratty looking thing and is always charging after me while I'm walking my dog. My dog looks at it rather puzzled most of the time and tolerates the harassment for a while and then snaps back to remind the dog who's who. Here lately I've thrown a few rocks in its' direction to keep him away.
So of course about the time I approach toy-rat's house, I hear the familiar sounds of the K-9 Napoleon charging. I try to get my water bottle out of the cage but I soon realize that he's already made it next to the bike. Thinking that the little idiot would run under my tires, I put my hands back on the bars. Sure enough as soon I get squared up on the bars, I feel the thumpa-dump. He went yalping off in the darkness.
I'll be interested to see what happens the next time I pass by.