Fighting Predator

Everyone was busy yesterday, but I decided to head up to Ash Canyon for some singletrack anyhow. I knew there would be a bit of a struggle to get to the top of the climb, but little did I know the fight for my life had just begun.

Fighting Predator

Do you ever get that feeling that you’re being watched while out riding? I had the feeling that someone was watching me, although there was nobody in sight. It was also a bit too quiet.  There isn’t that much wildlife out this time of year, but yet it seemed odd.

Fighting Predator

As I got higher into the trees, the feelings of not being alone intensified. That’s when I heard the snap of branches. Something big was following me, possibly even closing in. I still couldn’t see any other signs of life, so I dismounted the bike, and tried to use all my senses for detection. Yes, there was something definitely nearby.

Fighting Predator

There was a loud crack as if something had fallen from a tree. Footsteps approached me, yet I could still see nothing. And then silence…

Fighting Predator

I desperately started looking around, even squinting my eyes.

And then all at once, I felt hot putrid breath on my face. A smell so vile that it almost knocked me down.

Suddenly there was an otherworldly clicking noise, and a shape appeared before me. Although I could see through the shape. Almost like looking through water. I yelled, but could not move.

Fighting Predator

When my paralyzing fear broke, I grabbed a branch off the ground and started swinging at the shape. I thought I heard laughter. But then my branch hit something solidly, and I heard a gasp. And then a yell of pain and anger. I dropped my branch, jumped on my bike, and rode down the singletrack like I have never done before, not once looking back.

Well that’s my story… Who’s riding today?

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10 thoughts on “Fighting Predator

  1. You, my friend, are one of the lucky ones…

    I was out yesterday riding in the Virginia Range and if I’d have known predator was down your way I’d have left the m-16 @ home and told Carl Weathers to go ride by himself!

    -M

  2. Ummm, you know that the Pedator is just a movie, right? I mean, Dude, he’s not real. What? Who’s there? OH MY GODDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD . . .

  3. If you had decided to fight back against the unseen enemy, I hope you would have announced your intent by climbing the nearest tree, nocking an arrow into your homemade bow and screaming “BBLLLEEEAAAARRRRRGGGGHHHH!” at the top of your lungs…thats what your supposed to do, I think.

  4. “I ain’t got time to bleed.”
    “Got time to duck?”

    Dude, you need a vacation or something. For the safety of my family, perhaps I should rescind my offer of a place to stay…

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