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PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2016 12:49 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Just a warning to y'all, not that you need it Very Happy I almost got tagged by a 4 to 5' Diamondback riding thru the Preserve Trail yesterday morning. He was coiled up under a small creosote bush right on the edge of the trail, and the first I saw of him was when he took a hasty lunge at me as I was passing. Luckily he was deflected by the stem of the bush, and beat a hasty retreat down a gopher hole as I got off to try and take his picture. I didn't get a warning rattle, and thankfully he must have been as surprised as i was or else he may have got a fang-full of G Form pad on my shin. I wonder if they would have solidified with that impact? Second one I have seen in as many days, so be careful. Always watch your step when you get off the bike, always check under rocks before sitting on them, and if you do get bit, get yourself to medial help as fast as you can. Don't stop to put on ties or to suck out the poison, as cool as that might seem... it tastes horrible for a start...

"When you realise how perfect everything is, you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky" The Buddha 
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2016 7:26 am Reply with quote Back to top

Thanks for the heads-up. I've seen many rattlers over the years out on the trails, but have never had one strike without warning. That's a little (a lot) scary. Glad to hear he missed. Had a friend bitten out on the 50 year trail a few years ago (I wasn't with him). He rode out and got to emergency room, but from what he said he wasn't doing too well when he got there. Took him a couple weeks to fully recover, but he is back out there riding again.
During the monsoon season when the grass and weeds sprout up right next to the trails, I am always leery about rattlers being in them and not being able to see them until you are right on them. Again, glad you are okay.
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