One of those days yesterday. Started by almost getting hit by my upstairs neighbor in our back lot. She slammed on the brakes and wasn't even that close, but it was awkward.
Then on the bike path, I could hear the quickly approaching sound of nails, getting louder. I knew instantly it was a dog, but thought he was in his yard. Not so much. He was in full chase, seeing me as prey, barking and growling loudly. Luckily he came from behind. He chased for long enough for me to think through my options. Outrunning him was first choice, but he just stayed with me. Then I actually had time to grab my water bottle and attempt to spray him, but I could only get little drips, not enough to do much good. I thought of stopping, but then you're stuck with a potentially still aggressive dog. Back to outrunning him, along with yelling at him to go home. I sprinted and finally dropped him. Then I made the mistake of looking back to see where he was, and that slowing down renewed his chase instinct, and I had to go all out again. He finally gave up.
It happened too fast to get a good look at him, but I'm pretty sure he had on a leash. No owner in sight, though. He was a beautiful beast, and I hope he got home, but boy, what a monster!
Now the rest of the day was gorgeous, while I was at work, anyway. It seemed to be getting breezy as I was leaving, but it was still sunny and warm. I stopped in my lbs and as I was leaving, my friend pointed out the black sky to the north, the direction I was heading. As soon as I got back on the bike, a front came through. It was windy with thick fog and threatening rain. It came from nowhere, a lot like that dog. By the time I reached my car (which took a lot of effort to get to), it was sunny again. Crazy.
I love commuting.
'02 Eddy Merckx Fuga, Selle An Atomica
'85 Eddy Merckx Professional, Selle An Atomica
'10 Soma Double Cross DC, Selle An Atomica
Slacker on wheels.