It’s a very rare thing for me to create a new thread. But running over a (live) rattlesnake seems worthy enough. So how about a thread about things you ran over while riding a unicycle?
Here’s the story:
A long ride on the American River Bike Path today, from our house in Carmichael to downtown (Old Sacramento) and back. Me on my 36", Jacquie on her recumbent and our brother-in-law Roger on her other recumbent. On the way back, I took a little shortcut from the paved trail on a dirt/gravel section. In an area of mottled sun/shade, I suddenly realized the thing in the path immediately in front of me was a snake. It was laid out straight, at least 4’ (1.2m) long, and apparently a rattlesnake.
Normally I would go around, but this thing was laid all the way across the path, I was going slow and I was in high gear. If I stopped, my feet would have come down right near the snake (bad idea). If I tried to hop over it, on my road uni with handlebar, in high gear, I probably would have UPDed right there as well. These decisions were made in less than a second, and then I gingerly rode over the poor thing. It felt soft. I rode about 10 meters more, then stopped to see what was left. No snake. Never heard a rattle. So it was not killed instantly. then I got the hell out of there, on the off chance that it was coming after me.
Am I sure it was a rattlesnake? Only about 90%. It was the right color and pattern, but I barely got a glimpse of the head. I have not seen any other snakes in my area that looked similar to rattlesnakes, so I’m pretty sure it was.
The ground was relatively soft. I hopefully didn’t do any permanent damage.