I guess someone had to be first. My Norden got tackled by a deer. Luckily just some plastic parts. Sure glad I had all my gear on. I'm bummed about my new bike, I'm thankful that I wasn't seriously hurt.
Before you ask; First stride the deer popped out of the woods aimed right at the bike. Actually 2 deer but the other one was never going to be an issue. I was going about 30mph before I started to brake. Second stride it turned parallel to me beside my right leg. Third stride it ducked it's head and tried crossing me slamming into the front wheel. Game over for me.
I was riding in thick fog last Sunday morning here in the hills outside Melbourne on a small gravel backroad, up ahead with sun peaking through the fog, I saw a large figure in middle of the road (I'm thinking WTF is someone doing out here of all places), to me it looked like a very tall person in some type of heavy overcoat or robe...anyway, upon getting within 30 meters I had started breaking fast, it revealed itself as a Big Red kangaroo, standing high on back legs and puffing its chest out, would have been at least 2 metres tall. Needless to say both I and it were as surprised as one another, it turned around and headed up the road, bouncing from side to side till it eventually scaled an embankment. I've had a few close calls with Roo's before, & wouldn't want to hit one, but their presence when engaged or enraged is quite imposing. Over here it is generally considered not safe to ride before sunset & stop before sundown due to the high chance of wildlife on roads, especially on forested or outback roads. Roo's & Wombats particularly at dusk.
The problem is,
the deer and the Roos are always there. We just don't always see them.
the cager is always there. Mostly they stop for the stop sign.
the birds are always there. One day Capt. Sully found 2 and his Airbus landed in the Hudson River.
the Sharks are always there. They don't always bite us.
Life is fraught with danger at every turn. We can't let it stop us from living it.