Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Youngstown, Ohio
Strom -1, Beaver - 0
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.
Stay safe out there.
"If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there'd be peace" - John Lennon
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from those who hunger and are not fed, from those who are cold and not clothed" - Dwight D. Eisenhower