Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Almost got some fangs

Three days in a row? I'm out of control. Quick story for you...last week I was riding my bike up this pretty steep hill,on a dirt road that gets little use. Big hill, therefore I was going slow. I was hugging the right side of the road, near the tall grass when out of nowhere a Western Diamondback Rattlesnake strikes at me. He raises about a foot or so off the ground, goes for my exposed leg and I as I'm looking down just a couple feet from the snake's face, I have a most excellent view of his open mouth and fangs going right for my knee. Holy shit. Yeah, HOLY SHIT. ..While he was in the process of striking (this whole scenario lasts just a few seconds of course), the rest of his body has come out of the grass, and I don't mean to but I have zero reaction time and I run over his tail. I felt bad about that, but in the end I didn't feel sweat it too much since if I hadn't, he for sure woulda sunk those bad boys fangs into my leg. After I hit his tail he got out of my way and seemed to be just fine. A Western Diamondback bit probably would have left me hurting pretty good, especially since the nearest hospital is an hour away...
Yeah, so that was a serious adrenaline rush but was also, as I love to say, quite poop inducing. Sweet story huh?

26 comments:

texwisgirl said...

Oooh. Worse than a country dog bite, for sure!!! Glad he couldn't quite get close enough! Maybe it was because his tail was pinned down by a bike tire!

Woody said...

And just before you shit yourself you think "Where's my camera? I don't think I have any close-ups of fangs!"

That 'rock' is quite awesome with the jagged edges and the tree. A good place to calm your nerves.

Out on the prairie said...

Nice it missed you, I would be shaking in my boots.

KT said...

Oh my goodness! I have had some close calls on my bike...but mostly frogs or small squirrels. I once did come accross a snake on the path (they look like sticks) and it was too late. I closed my eyes, held up my legs, and over I went. It was a tiny little thing, but was enough to make me "ekkk!".

NatureFootstep said...

thats scary. We are not used to that as our snakes are mostly harmless.

I like that hillside. :)

Cheryl Ann said...

Oh, my!!! I think I would have fainted! Lucky you weren't hit! Phew!

Al said...

Where's the photo???

Seriously, I ran over a snake mountain-biking once. It definitely gets the adrenaline pumping.

Marka said...

And you lived to tell about it even!

Gaelyn said...

And you waited a week to share this?
OMG! I'm with Woody. Glad your coordination ain't great.

Mary said...

Jill, what a story and so glad that you did hit his tail and that he did not bite. It would have been bloody and hurt a bunch and well...no images...huh? :) Tornado hit here once and first question was "no images "...no don't think so.

Your image shown though is so lovely and calming, compared to the story shared...whew...be careful!

LauraX said...

that's quite a tale Jill...I'm so glad you are ok, yikes!!!!

Kala said...

Yikes girl, you've had some near misses in your adventures!

Kelly said...

Yikes!!! Glad you escaped unscathed...

biobabbler said...

OMG I feel nauseous -- SO glad you're okay! That's insane. I bet that image (rattlesnake mouth open to strike at you) is burned in your brain. Yeesh!

JSK said...

You don't say if you broke a speed record getting the rest of the way up the hill. Glad you're OK!

Martha Z said...

Scary story and I bet you were alone. You sure do get you share of adventure.

Janie said...

Definitely poop inducing! I never thought of bikers being at risk for a rattlesnake bite. Glad those fangs didn't make contact!
Lovely reflection photo. That would have been a good place to relax after the big snake scare.

Laloofah said...

Wow, I've been missing your blog and this was quite a post to come back to! I'm sorry you missed such an epic photo op, but very glad the snake missed his fang-sinking op! And I'm glad too that the snake was no worse for the wear after your unintentional yet brilliant tactical maneuver of running over his tail. If snakes had blogs (which they don't, lacking opposable thumbs AND internet connections), I can only imagine what his post might have looked like that day... So I'm basking away in the tall grass when all of a sudden I look up and have a most excellent view of some spinning bicycle spokes and an exposed human leg. Holy shit! But before I could successfully strike or even grab my camera, the clumsy biped ran over my tail! A serious adrenaline rush and quite venom-producing.

I'm sure I don't have to tell you to watch out for snakes in the grass!

Your "mushroom" photo is gorgeous! (As always!) That's quite a rock formation.

Miss Becky said...

sweet story well told. funny how things happen, huh? this one could have gone either way, but it didn't, and I'm happy about that.

John S. Mead said...

WOW! Glad you avoided the business end of that bad boy (girl?)! I've seen the end results of a Western Diamondback bite on a large dog and it's far from anything you'd want to have happen. In short necrotic tissue is not a fun thing to have to deal with for months!

Glad it all worked out in the end!

Beth Niquette said...

I found you via Guest Heart Thursday--this story had me on the edge of my chair just now.

(gasp) WOW! And what wonderful photography! lol You are a multi-gifted individual, that is for sure and for certain!

Mary said...

WE MISS YOU!!!

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

I don't think I would feel bad about peddling over his tail. I probably would have fallen off the bike in a panic. Glad he missed you.

elvira pajarola said...

Oh...that was a good solution....squeezing a little bit his tail......!!!

i am very glad you didn't get hurt....snake bites can be pretty serious!!

......TAKE CARE, Jill!!!

ciao ciao elvira

biobabbler said...

wow, sooooooo late, but a suitable subtitle to this post just popped into my brain: fangs for the memories.

gwendolen said...

Holy shit indeed. And poop.
Phew.