It had been so long since I hit pavement that the first signals from my nerves were a little hard to decode.
“Hey! Is this pain? Pain and biking don’t mix! Go back and make sure the nerves know what they’re talking about!”
Then I remembered I was rolling in the street with the bike on top of me. So I figured maybe it was pain after all.
Nothing very serious, though. What happened was that a puppy, being chased by a peace officer (doubling as animal control, apparently), ran into the street right in front of me, stopped suddenly, and gave me the old deer-in-the-headlights look. I managed to brake before I slammed into him, but Newton’s First Law of Motion carried me off the saddle and onto the street. Pretty light consequences: some road rash on my forearm and hand, and some bloodstains on a shirt I don’t like much. (Laundry day was several days ago, only it never happened.)
Here’s the thing: this happened about a block away from the place where a squirrel bounced off my bike last fall. And the place seems to have more roadkill than any comparable stretch of road in town (though I can’t claim to have made a scientific study).
The only rational explanation is that there is some aura of doom about the road that impels cute fuzzy creatures to seek their destruction on it.
Which is fine with me. I mean, if they like it. But why involve me and my shiny new bike in their bloodstained deeds of terror and despair?