40m: Kamikaze Squirrels!

by Arlyn on June 26, 2008

Their sinister pact was hatched a long time before I came zooming down the SR-56 bike path. It was a beautiful, clear day and I was riding right into their ambush at 22.7mph.  After my century ride Tuesday, I was just out for a few recovery miles to the coast and back. But who can guess the dark thoughts of a twisted rodent mind?  They waited patiently, for maybe hours, for just the right moment.  With the wind (and a little Dave Matthews) rushing in my ears, I couldn’t hear their tiny rodent-cries of “Banzai!!” as they unleashed their sinister attack!

The first kamikaze squirrel darted out from the ice plant along the side of the trail aimed directly for my front wheel!  BUMP-THUMP! I was just rolling over the first suicide-attacker when the second squirrel launched, again directly for my front wheel!  BUMP-THUMP! Oooh, another direct hit.

The attackers had not considered the strength of my new Mavic Kysrium SLC wheels, nor the 110psi pressure in my tires, nor my 185lb bulk, driving my bike forward at 22.7mph.  Unfortunately for them, their attack was a total disaster.  I slowed and turned around after the incident but I did not see any bodies on the road.  Maybe their accomplises quickly dragged them to a little squirrel-M*A*S*H hospital.

Keep your eyes open for these little guys.  This could have been the opening moves in a larger revolutionary action – they are probably upset about all those “Don’t feed the squirrels!” signs at the local parks…

We’ve been warned…

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Andrew June 26, 2008 at 8:28 pm

I just did a search for squirrel attacks, and found quite a few. I was looking for the article I read the other day about a squirrel that snapped a carbon fork when it ran through the spokes of some guys front wheel, ouch. That will make you hit the deck in a hurry.

Donald June 27, 2008 at 3:47 am

Funny that Andrew talked about an attack like that because the same thing happened to a friend of mine. A squirrel ran through his spokes and busted up several of them. The poor little squirrel was sliced up and there was evidence of that all over my buddy’s legs and hair in the cassete and chain. So much hair he had to get a new chain. Oh, yes he was launched over the handlebars, cracked his helmet and his sunglasses. After recovering from being sore cuts, scrapes and bruises he’s OK. WATCH OUT FOR SQUIRRELS!

Arlyn Asch June 27, 2008 at 6:50 am

@Donald and Andrew – I was thinking about an incident just like you both describe as I was rolling over the little buggers. I think I was pretty lucky. There is this section of the bike trail where the squirrels live on the left side and eat on the right side. When bikes (or whatever) come down the trail, they dash for the safety of home. I must have seen 10 or 15 squirrels making the last minute run for it. Of course, the two I hit were the first two I saw…

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