I'm officially spooked.
The entire time along the Winthrop ride, I couldn't shake the feeling of animals darting out on the road in front of me. Ever since last fall's deer hit, all I can think about when I'm riding rural roads is the danger of deer, moose, elk, bear, dog and other animals either being in the road in front of me when I rear a corner or darting out of the bush like a heat seeking missile.
And sure enough, I got hit square in the chest by a woodland dove on Saturday's ride, almost knocking me off my bike.
Two other riders both got hit by birds on the same stretch of road.
I'm riding waaaaaaaaay more cautiously now. I used to enjoy HWY 20 at 160 to 200KPH, as were most of the riders on this weekend's trip. Now I'm rarely breaking 140. All I can think about is shedding speed or stopping in the event of an animal jumping out like Rambo on a mission to take me out.
Any tips on shedding my mojo curse?