surprising critters

The ground was soft today, and there was a fog when I went for a muni ride. I rolled right up to some deer, which never happens while bike riding or hiking or trail running. They diddn’t really run either. They just sort of all got up and walked away. I realized that it must be because the uni is so much quieter than these other things. Has anyone else had this kind of experience?
-gauss

Heh, I’ve surprised some unsuspecting pedestrians because unicycles are so quiet.

Wow. That must have made you feel so peaceful. I can only imagine how great it would be to have that happen. It seems almost maagical.
-David Kaplan

I have snuck up on deer when out on night rides with my helmet light. They stare at the helmet light and just freeze for a moment before getting the smarts to run away.

Night rides get kind of freaky when you start seeing all sorts of beady green glowing eyes staring at you from the forest and bushes.

Re: surprising critters

While filming the Marathon race at the 2001 NUC in Toronto, Drew Ripley
recorded deer and a beaver while the race was on. The ravine and river
behind Humber College is home to lots of wildlife. Foxes play there as well.

Darren

gauss wrote:

> The ground was soft today, and there was a fog when I went for a muni
> ride. I rolled right up to some deer, which never happens while bike
> riding or hiking or trail running. They diddn’t really run either.
> They just sort of all got up and walked away. I realized that it must
> be because the uni is so much quieter than these other things. Has
> anyone else had this kind of experience?
> -gauss
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gauss <gauss.25h4m@timelimit.unicyclist.com> wrote in
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> The ground was soft today, and there was a fog when I went for a muni
> ride. I rolled right up to some deer, which never happens while bike
> riding or hiking or trail running. They diddn’t really run either.
> They just sort of all got up and walked away. I realized that it must
> be because the uni is so much quieter than these other things. Has
> anyone else had this kind of experience?
> -gauss

I’ve had rabbits and squirrels suddenly see me and run, but then realize
I’m not making much noise so they’ll turn around and look, and still see me
coming. They’ll stand there and watch me for a bit and then run, repeating
the process, staying about 15 feet ahead of me. I do think the fact that
unis are so quiet makes a big difference.

John

i was in the archives today and read about someone riding up on a 65 pound bobcat

my guess is,with the inherant quietness of muni that somebody somwhere is gonna get mauled or antlered someday.

hope its not me!

post script

it was John Hooten who saw the bobcat and another thread says that he has seen two cats :astonished:

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That was me. All together I have had four close encounters with bobcats.
They have all come about because the muni is so quite. I have also come
around corners to find unsuspecting turkeys, coyotes, fox, deer and
nudists.

jagur wrote:

> it was John Hooten who saw the bobcat and another thread says that he
> has seen two cats :astonished:
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“gauss” <gauss.25h4m@timelimit.unicyclist.com> wrote in message
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> The ground was soft today, and there was a fog when I went for a muni
> ride. I rolled right up to some deer, which never happens while bike
> riding or hiking or trail running. They diddn’t really run either.
> They just sort of all got up and walked away. I realized that it must
> be because the uni is so much quieter than these other things. Has
> anyone else had this kind of experience?
> -gauss

On Monday night I saw deer, foxes and rabbits, I usually see one or two on a
ride directly and quite often see the spooky eyes in the woods watching me.

I did come across something really freaky once. I was bombing down a quite
technical (at least for me) very narrow descent, paying full attention to
the trail and then I got to an easy bit and looked up and there were
hundreds of eyes staring at me, got a bit closer and I saw the field of
sheep behind the fence, but it was still pretty scary.

Joe

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LOL! (it’s OK, Joe- we don’t think any less of you). Joe’s aF-raid of SHEEEEEEEEEE -EEEP

'Round here the locals are generaly fat (Mississippi is only #1 in things like obecety and crime), and most hunting and recreating is done from the back of a gas burning contraption. The wildlife is used to the sound of a six pack guzzling ATV driver. When deer are aproached by something quiet and stealthy- they freek out. Same for birds. I happened apon a group of deer crossing the road while on my Coker (I was on the Coker- not the deer [that is, I was not riding the deer, nor were they riding the Coker but… ah, hell]) in early morning fog. Not something I care to repeat.

Christopher

RE: surprising critters

> That was me. All together I have had four close encounters
> with bobcats. They have all come about because the muni is
> so quite. I have also come around corners to find
> unsuspecting turkeys, coyotes, fox, deer and nudists.

That reminds me. I really do need to come up and ride your practice trail
with you sometime… :slight_smile:

JF

> "I realized that it must be because the uni is so much quieter than these other things. "
>
I’ve heard a story about someone who bypassed a blind man.
Because he did’nt hear footsteps or a bikechain he asked what was happening.
Now he’s an unicyclist to!

This specific cycle problem i.c.w. animals remind me of complaining of HPV-cyclists. Big dogs and horses often react defensive at seeing the movement of the feeth when riding towards them.

Also I often see dogs responding on the fact I’m riding one in stead of two wheels.

In bicycle-racing I’ve seen it sometimes happened that when the sun is shining, the flashing spokes can drive horses -next to the road- that grazy that they will run straight into the group!!
But off course for unicycling groups 50% less change…

Leo.

I’v always wanted to ride a giraffe unicycle in the dark with a huge trench coat on. The trench coat would be long enough to cover the whole unicycle. So I would just look like some really tall floating silent scary man. hmmm, perhaps I could say somthing like, “boogie boogie boogie”

65 POUNDs!!! thats a backstreet boy!

very,
dan

Re: surprising critters

On Wed, 27 Mar 2002 11:52:32 -0600, leo
<leo.26qqb@timelimit.unicyclist.com> wrote:

>I’ve heard a story about someone who bypassed a blind man.
>Because he did’nt heard footsteps or a bikechain he asked what was
>happening.
>Now he’s an unicyclist to!
The blind man? Amazing…

Klaas Bil

“To trigger/fool/saturate/overload Echelon, the following has been picked automagically from a database:”
“NSDD, furby, JICA”

Re: surprising critters

On Tue, 26 Mar 2002 19:24:51 -0600, gauss
<gauss.25h4m@timelimit.unicyclist.com> wrote:

>be because the uni is so much quieter than these other things. Has
>anyone else had this kind of experience?

Sometimes with animals, more often with people. If your spokes and
cranks aren’t creaking, I think nothing beats a unicycle if it comes
to silent earth-bound locomotion for humans at low-moderate speed.

Klaas Bil

“To trigger/fool/saturate/overload Echelon, the following has been picked automagically from a database:”
“NSDD, furby, JICA”

I love sneaking up on people, then going “excuse me” so when they turn around they’re quite surprised to see a weird girl on a unicycle coming up behind them. I haven’t really creeped up on many animals unnoticed, but I’ve freaked out a couple dogs lol, it’s weird how they can tell something’s amiss, smart little buggers…

I actually have a small dog myself, I was thinking of teaching him some tricks… Anything I could do with a unicycle and a dog??

Jess

A girl, a dog and a unicycle go into a bar…

-C-

RE: surprising critters

I was riding some downhill trail, just before dusk on my uni, when I almost
smacked into about 3 deer, a mother and too widdle baby deews. I quickly
dismounted, and dove into the bushes, it scared the hell out of me. I was going
pretty fast and I had just whipped around a corner… lol

-Dylan

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>A girl, a dog and a unicycle go into a bar…

Set up for a lame joke…

This big bad jammed-up freeway crawls into a bar and asks the bartender for a
shot of tequila. The bartender pours him a shot and says, “That’ll be three
bucks.” The freeway says, “What do I look like, a tollway?” gulps his drink
down, and stalls out in the corner.

Next, a slinky boulevard cruises in, and sets her curves down at the bar. She
asks the bartender for wine cooler. The bartender pours her a glass and says,
“That’ll be three bucks.” The boulevard purrs, “Somebody else will come along
and pay for my drinks”, and sets herself down in a different corner.

Next, a skinny little strip of asphalt comes into the bar. He asks the
bartender for a beer. The bartender pours him a glass and says, “That’ll be
three bucks.” The skinny little strip shouts, “I’ll never pay! You can’t make
me pay!” then goes to sit in another corner.

By this time the bartender is pretty hot. He’s not going to let this skinny
little strip of asphalt get away with stiffing him for a drink. So he walks up
the the little strip and says, “You pay me right now, or I’m going to throw you
out of this bar!”

The boulevard and the freeway both look frightened, and the freeway warns the
bartender, “Don’t mess with him, he’s a cycle path!”

David Maxfield
Bainbridge Island, WA