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Suicidal Squirrel

Some stuff you just can’t make up. Today, I was descending Old La Honda Road at fairly high speed when I heard an odd sound and felt something on my left leg.

I glanced down, and to my surprise, a lovely squirrel had wrapped itself around my left leg, as if my leg were a tree branch. I could feel its claws digging into my leg (probably a reflex action).

I generally prefer not to descend with a squirrel wrapped around my leg (makes it hard to pedal), and besides I was rather startled, so in one quick motion I unclipped and shook off the squirrel vigorously, also fearing being bitten. The poor b*stard hopped around a few times and then lay dead within about 20 seconds— mortally wounded by the initial tire impact.

I don’t like killing anything (except mosquitoes and black flies), but there was nothing to be done. Suicidal squirrels and rabbits are just nature’s way I suppose. I never even saw this guy coming.

It’s now also the time for the rut for deer, which makes for some dangerous descents in places. I just about hit a doe today, which darted across the road right in front of me, middle of the day right in town. Too bad there is no hunting allowed, as the overpopulated deer are an ongoing hazard all year.

We all go out every day looking for a few acorns, but one never knows if the proverbial bus will whack us, so enjoy the exultation of a good ride while life smiles upon your days.

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