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    Hitting Things on the Trails (ie: animals)

    Does anyone have any good stories about hitting animals on the trails? I was almost involved in a Bike/Deer accident once. I was flying along and could hear a bunch of noise off to my left in the woods and then about 2-3 feet in front of me these 2 deer that I had scared up burst out of the under brush and started running in front of me down the trail. So of coarse after I straightened back out I started riding as fast as I could to chase them. :-)


    I have also almost his a few squirels in my days.

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    MADMAN!!! Chasing a deer!!

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    I hit a squirrel doing 35 mph once... that crash hurt. Once I almost ran full speed into a vulture that was feeding in the middle of the trail as I came around a corner, that was one of the most terrifying experiences of my life.

    I had a similar experience with some deer once on the Goat Trail in Salinas, some deer were just running next to me at the same speed I was riding. It was a pretty surreal experience, they paced with me for about 3 minutes.

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    A couple squirrels and lots of banana slugs.
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    I hit a chipmunk once on my road bike. He just darted right out in front of my from the field I was riding next to. He went under my front tire and was spit out my back tire. Poor little guy. I think he survived it because when I turned around to check he was gone. Either that or a vulture already came down and swiped him up . . .

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    I was about to hit a step down, and a squirrel came down from a tree, and I was just like, if it doesn't move, I am hitting it. He moved.

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    This past Wednesday, I was enjoying a leisurely ride on the "double track". When I stopped under a shade tree to take a break from the 102 degree/70 degree dewpoint heat, I noticed a nail in the middle of the trail. To preclude a rider from getting the nail in a tire, I bent over to pick up the nail and just as I grasped the nail a scorpion was scurrying (with tail elevated) towards my hand. It was about 3 to 4inches from my hand. I threw the nail into the trees, lifted my front wheel over the scorpion and HIT/smashed the 3 inch long scorpion. Too close for comfort.......

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    A couple of years ago I was riding a trail through a local park that followed a chain link fence. There was a gap in the fence of about 1m and as I approached it a mob of about 10 wallabies jumped through the fence and across the trail. I was fairly kicking along and didn't have much time to stop and hit the tail of one of them, which pushed me into the fence. My handlebars went through one of the links, my bike stopped all of a sudden and I got thrown about 3m and broke my hand.

    One of my best mates dad's was visiting town and he's a mad keen mountain biker & road cyclist and when I told him why my hand was sore and why I was covered in gravel rash he pissed himself laughing that something so stupid as a wallaby could have done that to me and he spent the next 2 weeks of his trip paying me out. I had the last laugh though because on his second last day of the trip while out doing a ride on his road bike he hit a 6ft tall kangaroo and got put in hospital for 2 days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hasselhof View Post
    A couple of years ago I was riding a trail through a local park that followed a chain link fence. There was a gap in the fence of about 1m and as I approached it a mob of about 10 wallabies jumped through the fence and across the trail. I was fairly kicking along and didn't have much time to stop and hit the tail of one of them, which pushed me into the fence. My handlebars went through one of the links, my bike stopped all of a sudden and I got thrown about 3m and broke my hand.

    One of my best mates dad's was visiting town and he's a mad keen mountain biker & road cyclist and when I told him why my hand was sore and why I was covered in gravel rash he pissed himself laughing that something so stupid as a wallaby could have done that to me and he spent the next 2 weeks of his trip paying me out. I had the last laugh though because on his second last day of the trip while out doing a ride on his road bike he hit a 6ft tall kangaroo and got put in hospital for 2 days.

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    squirrels

    I've hit about 10 squirrels, one of them I took its tail off. I never hit a deer but I came around a blind corener once and had one sitting in front of me.
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    Not counting the bugs I’ve ate, I've really only had near misses with a bear, quite a few deer, squirrels & various small creatures, I think one squirrel did bounced off the front wheel once.
    I jumped over a tree branch once that in mid-air noticed was a large snake.
    Once, I scared a mother black bear with two cubs. We were about 50 feet away from each other when I heard the cubs climbing a tree and looked over to see the mother watching me as I rode by...I could actually see the muscles tensing up all over the bear.

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    Very close encounters with Kangaroos hopping across the track, you wouldn't want to get in their way.

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    Warning, Very Nasty Story: I was riding on a local trail last at the start of this summer. I was riding along pretty fast when a squirrel darted right into my spokes. I immediatly put on the brakes, but I was going soo fast I new if I hit the front break I would fly over the handle bars. So I applied rear break, and the front wheel he ran into kept spinning. He spun around the wheel at least 8 times, smacking his body on the ground, and head on my fork each turn around. Once I stopped, he was not moving. I took his tail and pulled it and he still didnt move. So finally I yanked really hard and his head popped out. It immediatly started spewing blood all over my fork because he must of severed his juglar. His head was all twisted as well, so he probably had a broken neck. I chucked him into the lake I was riding next to. It looked so nasty though when all that blood spewed out. I missed a deer darting across the trail once by about 4 feet. Almost hit somebodys dog while they were out walking it. And I've ran over a black snake, he survived. It is very humerous looking back at it though. I wonder if they see what happens and learn to fear bikes.
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    Squirrels apparently think the space under my front tire is a good place to hide. Other than a couple dozen squirrels, I haven't run into anything that wasn't human.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tra!l ! View Post
    I took his tail and pulled it and he still didnt move. So finally I yanked really hard and his head popped out. It immediatly started spewing blood all over my fork because he must of severed his juglar. His head was all twisted as well, so he probably had a broken neck. I chucked him into the lake I was riding next to.
    That's ****ing metal.
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    I had a close call with an owl once. The owl was sitting on a low tree branch so as I came around the corner and my light startled it, it almost flew into me.

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    was riding back home in hawaii a few years back and a wild pig,yeah a big dumb pig runs right accross the trail, I hit him broadside and i was hauling so i was tossed and bounced down the slope a bit, broke my wrist, tailbone and sprained the hell out an ankle.
    is it any wonder why I enjoy hunting?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tra!l ! View Post
    So finally I yanked really hard and his head popped out. It immediatly started spewing blood all over my fork because he must of severed his juglar. His head was all twisted as well, so he probably had a broken neck. I chucked him into the lake I was riding next to. It looked so nasty though when all that blood spewed out.
    I've just got this mental picture like its something out of happy tree friends. Not sure if I should find it funny or disturbing.
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    I ran over a pigeon about 15 mins ago. First time too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockabilly808 View Post
    was riding back home in hawaii a few years back and a wild pig,yeah a big dumb pig runs right accross the trail, I hit him broadside and i was hauling so i was tossed and bounced down the slope a bit, broke my wrist, tailbone and sprained the hell out an ankle.
    is it any wonder why I enjoy hunting?
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    I almost hit a kid riding a Departmernt Store bike the other day

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    Copperhead snake basking on the trail. Touring bike on dirt at 25km/h. I couldn't stop in time so I just lifted my feet off the pedals and kept going.

    Didn't stop to render assistance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cave View Post
    Copperhead snake basking on the trail. Touring bike on dirt at 25km/h. I couldn't stop in time so I just lifted my feet off the pedals and kept going.

    Didn't stop to render assistance.
    Lucky! With the amount of deadly snakes over here in Oz i have yet to come across one and hope not to either this upcoming summer.

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    I have a couple of stories that I wasn't involved in but made me chuckle. In last years Wight Diamond challenge me and my team mate were up on the hills and it was very misty, so much so you could only see about 5 feet in front. We managed to get back to the event tent where we started talking to a guy with his arm in a sling who had been to the same area as us and on the descent had swerved to avoid a sheep and ended up in a 6 foot ditch and dislocated his shoulder.

    The other story involves my team mate who while out on a Sunday ride hit a rabbit, he hadn't killed it but it was in a lot of pain so he decided to put it out of its misery by pulling and twisting its neck to break its neck. It didn't work the first couple of times then on the next go he pulled and twisted a bit too hard and ended up with the rabbits head in one hand and the body in the other with blood all over the place. Not quite assassin like.

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    Great Stories Guys!!!

    Thanks for sharing......

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