...And you shall henceforth be known
"Dances With Deer"
On Thursday, April 24, 2008, a group of
us were riding South on Hwy 674 between Rock Springs,
TX and Bracketville, TX. We were about 30 miles North
of Bracketville and riding as a group about 55 MPH. It
was about 2:30PM and I was located in the middle of the
group. There wasn't many new or used cars on the road at the time, but I was about to have an experience to make me worry about my life, and the equipment financing on my bike.
Out of the tree line to my right sprang
a deer that ran into the road and started running parallel
with my bike. Startled, I ducked my head and quickly accelerated
hoping to make the deer pass to the other side of the
road behind me instead of in front.
According to Chuck "txcwdancer"
Burt (riding directly behind me) and John "coon"
Cunningham (riding behind Burt), the deer then JUMPED
over me. I couldn't see, due to being ducked down. As
the deer jumped in the air over me, it twisted its' body
with its' rear legs going one way and its' front legs
going the opposite direction. While the deer twisted one
of its' hoofs scratched the top of my helmet.
The deer tracked over me and landed on the
other side of the road where it landed on the pavement
and slid off into the gravel and dirt. I was told that
it didn't get up and flee. It must have broken it's back
during the jump. I was looking in my rear view mirror
hoping that txcwdancer wasn't going to get hit, not knowing
that it flew over me. All I could see was a cloud of dirt
when the deer hit the other side.
Being versed in EMS procedures, txcwdancer
and coon thought that they were going to have to help
me. They thought I'd been hit, but once they saw that
I was still upright and riding along OK, they were relieved.
Needless to say, when we stopped on the
side of the road about a mile or two down, everyone let
me know what happened. I feel lucky to go through that
without a scrape (well, except for my helmet). That deer could have landed on top of me and broken every bone in my body.
As far as I know, there are no photographs
or video of the incident. Txcwdancer was busy photographing
the whole trip, but didn't have any of his gear running
at the time.
I'm thankful to be alive and breathing.
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