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My encounter with Super Squirrel!

I went for a bike ride on the bike trail this morning before work. The bike trail is next to the river, and there are many, many squirrels. Most of them are grey and thus hard to see in the interplay of tree shadows and the morning light.

I was past the halfway point and heading back, through an area with lots of trees and bushes, when I saw a grey streak out of the corner of my eye. It was a squirrel, on a vector to cross the trail.

It ran alongside for a split second then tried to go across. *Through* my front bike wheel.

There was a *ping* sound as it bounced off the spokes, and then it was catapulted up into the air by my side.

At that point, everything went in slow motion. Me, going 15+ miles per hour, looking at a squirrel hovering three feet off the ground next to me. The squirrel looking at me while reaching for anything it could grab. Me saying "Holy C---".

Then the squirrel hit the ground and scampered off, hopefully none the worse for the experience.

I think word got out to the squirrel network, as the rest of the ride squirrels kept trying to cut in front of the bike. But this time I saw them and slowed down.

Thank goodness the squirrel didn't make it into my wheel. Because it would have died and I would have catapulted over the handlebars when the bike came to a screeching squirrel-caused halt.

So, overall, it was the best ending one could hope for. Woke me up, that's for sure!
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