Muni:Silent Runnig

Hello All,

A couple months ago the was a string of messages about the things that are
surprised by Muni rides on the trails as they silently approach. I ride
regularly around Folsom Lake in the foothills of the Sierras in Northern
California. Not far from the confluence of the American River where several of
the first three California Mountain Unicycle weekends rides were held. I have
surprised, and been surprised, by many types of wildlife that probably didn’t
hear me coming on the trails. In addition to the usual snakes (garter, gopher,
rattlers) and small animals you would expect to see; I have come upon flocks of
wild turkeys, deer (a couple weeks ago I saw a large buck with a huge rack of
antlers), coyotes, and a gray fox. I didn’t weigh in with any of these sightings
as the didn’t seem quite worth mentioning. Today, however, I did see something I
had never seen before.

I was riding on a narrow dirt service road to get from a trail near the lake to
one further up the hill when I saw what I thought might be a coyote cross the
road just ahead of me as the road curved to the left. I didn’t expect the animal
to be near as I came around the bend, but there, just 10 to 15 meters off the
road was a Bobcat. Just after I caught sight of the cat it turned in a startled
fashion, held it’s ground and stared at me. The bobcat is the most common wild
cat in North America, but this was the first time I had ever seen one in the
wild. I was surprise by how big the cat was I didn’t realize that males can be a
big a 65 lbs. When I first saw it and recognized it as a cat, and because of
it’s size, I thought it might be a mountain lion but quickly noted the
distinctive markings of a bobcat. I was relieved to see that it wasn’t a
mountain lion as this is mountain lion country. Five years ago about halfway
between the spot where I was and the Confluence of the American, a woman running
alone near the lake was killed by a mountain lion. Three years ago a mountain
lion was trapped in some bushes outside an apartment house complex on Douglas
Boulevard a couple miles from the lake. Since then there have been many
sightings in the area and domestic animals the have be killed on a regular
basis. Fortunately this was a bobcat, but it was big enough that I wouldn’t want
to mess with
it. But, it was also beautiful. And I don’t think I would have seen it had it
not been for the fact that the Muni glides along in a very silent fashion.

All the best, John Hooten

Re: Muni:Silent Runnig

John Hooten (jhooten@softcom.net) wrote: snip…
: a bobcat, but it was big enough that I wouldn’t want to mess with
: it. But, it was also beautiful. And I don’t think I would have seen it had it
: not been for the fact that the Muni glides along in a very silent fashion.

I love it when I see stuff out on rides like that, things you don’t normally
see. This morning I saw a water rat ( a vole?) scutter across the tow path just
ahead of my two wheeler, it was the first time I’ve seen one in the flesh.

sarah

Re: Muni:Silent Runnig

Sarah wrote:

> John Hooten (jhooten@softcom.net) wrote: snip…
> : a bobcat, but it was big enough that I wouldn’t want to mess with
> : it. But, it was also beautiful. And I don’t think I would have seen it had
> : it not been for the fact that the Muni glides along in a very silent
> : fashion.
>
> I love it when I see stuff out on rides like that, things you don’t
> normally see. This morning I saw a water rat ( a vole?) scutter across the
> tow path just ahead of my two wheeler, it was the first time I’ve seen one
> in the flesh.

Myself and Leo have just finished the Polaris on Cokers. Yep Cokerheads have
done the Polaris! But back to the subject… We were not silent, both of us had
bearings fail and we squeaked and crunched our way around. So much so that we
did the shorter route (via the pub) on the last day. More later, I stink, and
Leo is out of the bath: my turn!
:slight_smile:

Cheers

Roger

Re: Muni:Silent Runnig

On 3 Oct 1999 12:13:36 -0700, Roger.Davies@octacon.co.uk (Roger Davies) wrote:

>Myself and Leo have just finished the Polaris on Cokers. Yep Cokerheads have
>done the Polaris!

but you won’t have beaten my bro’ on his MTB this year… he’s in Tenerif :o)

regards, Colin

  • York, UK.

Re: Muni:Silent Running

I had the same problem with terrible bearings on my coker. Had to have Tom
Miller replace them, but back to the subject. I silently rode up on a beautiful
deer the other day on my 28in. The deer didn’t even have time to run, it just
looked at me as if to say,“how dare you sneak up on me like that”.