Flying Sheep and Somersaults

I’ve been biking over our local hills a bit recently. Usually this entails some steep climbs and a minimum of 3,000 feet of climbing. It’s been magic but hard going, tempered by fabulous descents.

The roads are a bit rough and gravelly in places, so a bit of caution is required. The wildlife has been a bit manic as well, not sure if it’s the youngsters being a bit hung ho, or just that’s the way it is.

But there is a dangerous side to all this. A pal a wee while back had a pheasant try to run through his front wheel while on a group ride. He was barreling along downhill at over 35 mph when the bird ran out in front of the group, dashed back into the hedgerow then swung but out again. The bike stopped dead, Eric catapulted over the front and broke his hip and the bike’s forks were broken.

Then last week another pal was coming down off the hills, I would imagine going pretty fast. This time it was a sheep that dashed out. After his abrupt stop and sumersault he is now recovering from a broken elbow and arm, so a few weeks off the bike.

It’s dangerous in them there hills!

My encounters have been luckier. Some roe deer hopped out in front, but I managed to slow down and let them caper about for a while before they disappeared into the undergrowth. Various pheasant, grouse and partridge have threatened to try to bring their lives to an end, all thwarted by a bit of caution. The worst have been the sheep, running harum scarum all over the place.

I took a sports cam with me on one of our trips to make a wee vid of a journey over the hills. At the moment it is too long (15 minutes) and I haven’t done the music so it’s not ready to inflict it on you all yet.

One of the shots was a sheep running out in front of me on a fast downhill section. It looks incredibly close on the video, but I had seen it and it didn’t feel anything like as bad in reality. When I was editing that section of the video I noticed when I looked at the still, the sheep was levitating across the road, so maybe hover biking is the way to go?
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6 thoughts on “Flying Sheep and Somersaults

  1. Gail Rehbein

    It sure is wild out there in those hills. I’ve come across the occasional Brush Turkey and Sacred Ibis running across our local roads but I’m not travelling at such high speeds on my tourer. They’re serious injuries your pals have had but I have to say this post did leave me laughing to see the levitating sheep 🙂
    Great post! Looking forward to the film when it’s finished.

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  2. Jean

    Actually wonderful sheep shots scurrying away! No, we don’t have sheep ..I live in the city core. But we do have large rabbits that run around. Here is a wild rabbit, that I caught in the middle of snowstorm just before Christmas not far from home….and I live in a highrise.

    https://cyclewriteblog.wordpress.com/2013/12/06/whimisical-dreams-of-christmas-gingerbread-magic/

    I did read of a moose stumbling into a shopping mall parking lot. The poor thing! It was mid-town, not out in the suburbs!

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