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Bugs and Boxers March 17, 2009

Posted by goirishgorebels in General.

What a great day it was today.  I couldn’t wait to get home and ride.  So, that’s just what I did.

It started off great, no cars for the first 4 miles.  Then I came across a small yip-yap mutt who wanted to meet me.  I stopped the bike and waited for it’s two little owners to come get it.  All was good.  Then I learned something about riding in the spring.  There are a lot of bugs and you should really keep your mouth closed while riding.  If you don’t you may have some small bugs try and take up residence in the back of your throat.

Still, all was good and I was on isolate Rt. 196 now.  I was at a really good cruising speed.  Then, I heard one of those noises I talked about in an earlier post.  You know the animals that scatter around on the side of the road.  I kept riding like I always do.  Then I saw to my left a big dog.  Didn’t know what it was, but it looked like either a pit bull or a brindle boxer and it was running up to me and barking.  Of course, I freaked out and yelled at it.  At the same time, I hit the breaks….both of them.  Big mistake!  I flew over the front handle bars, cushioned first by my hands, then my thighs and my stomach.  The dog ran about 25 feet past me and turned around and I stood up as fast as I could and just stared at it.  That’s when I realized it looked to be more boxer than pit.  I did win the staring contest as my new buddy ran off.  I thought it best to cut the ride short and head back.  It was still over 15 miles, but I was wanting to do 20 today.

Lessons learned today:  Ride with your mouth closed and find out when shops have rides so I can ride with a group.



1. audreymarie - March 18, 2009

Hope you weren’t hurt. There’s nothing worse than thinking you might be mauled by a dog while you lie on the ground bleeding! Keep on riding! And keep some pepper spray with you, my uncle who rides like you keeps it with him and he’s needed it several times.

2. goirishgorebels - March 18, 2009

Just a few scrapes. Lisa wasn’t too happy that I didn’t have my cell with me. I talked to a guy at work who rides a lot and he said that he has never heard of a dog biting someone while they were riding. He said to stay calm, keep riding and pull out the water bottle and that does the trick. If I tried pepper spray, it’d probably blow back on me and I would end up worse.

I plan on riding again today, so no dog’s gonna keep me down 🙂

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