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post #1 of 19 Old 05-28-2010, 02:59 PM Thread Starter
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On my way home from work today I thought I'd take the "back roads" and enjoy the relaxed pace that these roads allow. My daily round trip commute is 150 miles, and I use a lot of super slab doing it, so today's venture on the country roads was a much needed treat. That was until I found myself running over a beaver that darted out from the tall side grass and ran smack into my front wheel path. I had no time to do ANYTHING except tighten up my arms and shoulders and I squeezed the tank hard with my legs without even thinking about it. "THUMP" is all I heard and it was followed by what I swear was a loud scream from the little guy. I heard this even over my ear plugs, full face helmet, and engine sound.

I did not look in the mirrors, I just stared ahead trying to keep things cool. I was surprised how "little" the bike moved as this was no small animal I hit, it was about the size of a well feed house cat. Only after a minute or two did I realize I was still gritting my teeth, hard, and had to tell myself to relax.

Just thought I'd share my little story, this could have really ruined my three day weekend.

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are you sure it was not a woodchuck? looks like a beaver without as flat a tail.

you see a ton of them by the road, i think that they are trying to oust squirrels as the most run over animal in the midwest!
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[QUOTE=seuadr;561728]are you sure it was not a woodchuck?

It might have been a Woodchuck. I only got a quick moments glance at it, but it absolutely could have been a Woodchuck. I feel bad for little dude, but I'm happy I stayed upright.

Strangely enough, I've been seeing more and more animals where they don't belong (depending who you talk too). The Woodchuck (or beaver) was in the right spot, but just at the wrong time. But I've been seeing dead deer in some CRAZY places lately. Like WTF, I think to myself "How did that deer get hit HERE?" Just this morning I seen three deer outside the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH. For those people familiar with the area they would know this is pretty odd. Like, where did they come from, and where are they headed? Maybe they were standing on the only patch of grass within miles. And all those cars moving soooo fast....

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are you sure it was not a woodchuck?

It might have been a Woodchuck. I only got a quick moments glance at it, but it absolutely could have been a Woodchuck. I feel bad for little dude, but I'm happy I stayed upright.

Strangely enough, I've been seeing more and more animals where they don't belong (depending who you talk too). The Woodchuck (or beaver) was in the right spot, but just at the wrong time. But I've been seeing dead deer in some CRAZY places lately. Like WTF, I think to myself "How did that deer get hit HERE?" Just this morning I seen three deer outside the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH. For those people familiar with the area they would know this is pretty odd. Like, where did they come from, and where are they headed? Maybe they were standing on the only patch of grass within miles. And all those cars moving soooo fast....
no kidding.. last year we had a fricken black bear downtown flint, mi.
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I swerve to try and hit woodchucks, as any self respecting gardener would do.

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You would have noticed if it was a beaver. It would have been wearing red and white and been smoking a doobie while trying to hitch a ride.

I vote woodchuck.

A few years back in Australia, I ran over a wombat. Think linebacker woodchuck. I was surprised how easily it squished. I barely felt anything (except for the guilt - they're a protected species).

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Strangely enough, I've been seeing more and more animals where they don't belong (depending who you talk too). The Woodchuck (or beaver) was in the right spot, but just at the wrong time. But I've been seeing dead deer in some CRAZY places lately. Like WTF, I think to myself "How did that deer get hit HERE?"
Imagine what the animals are saying about us!
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Ya, know....you shouldnt be so hard on the beaver...........LOL

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Imagine what the animals are saying about us!
Exactly what I was thinking. It's not that animals are moving into places they don't belong -- it's humans moving into places where animals already lived.

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Exactly what I was thinking. It's not that animals are moving into places they don't belong -- it's humans moving into places where animals already lived.
i'm waiting for them to revolt. and not in a run under your tires kinda way.
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