Chased by a sheep

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  1. Wandering Bob

    Wandering Bob Member

    Location:
    France
    A description of a bike-ride that I did on Tuesday evening. I don't know where 'dawdle and gulp' came from - wish I did...

    I wanted to take advantage of the cooler evening air and, hoping that the roads should be much quieter with pretty much the whole of France watching the World Cup game last night, I started out on the bike around 5.30pm. It was still skull-crushingly hot out in the open but much nicer under the trees. Tracked across country to pick up my favourite Green Way – traffic-free and a smooth surface – a mostly shady low-level route that was originally an important north/south railway line across central Brittany.

    Followed this south for around 25km then cut off west just before the Nantes-to-Brest canal to connect to the E side of the Ninian valley. Oh, my Lord …it is so pretty here – it’s impossible to cycle quickly: I just dawdled and gulped down the beauty and, at the same time, felt a bit sorry for other cyclists who are locked into biking on urban routes. I followed the line of another more obscure railway for a while then decided to head for home. I noticed a couple of cars travelling very fast around 7.50pm and realised that they were desperate to get in front of a TV before kick-off.

    Looped NE and started climbing up through the small village of Moivran. An explosion of noise to my left – a yippy/yappy creature hurtled out into the road, furious at my presence. Slightly larger than a mouse – perhaps a miniature Yorkie? Up on his hind legs he’d have struggled to get to the height of my pedal. Such a small dog that you could easily put it into a shoe box – and still have plenty of room for the shoes.

    Being “attacked” by little yappy dogs isn’t unusual but what happened next certainly was. No doubt attracted by the noise, the dog’s best friend then appeared – a small black sheep (larger than a lamb but not fully adult) started chasing up the road after me and the little dog. If I hadn’t been so tired and hungry, I’d have stopped and taken a photograph, if I’d had the camera with me. Should I slow down and be savaged by a sheep (vague memory of a reference to Geoffrey Howe?) – or keep pedalling uphill and wondering who said it – was it Dennis Healey? Store the memory and move on – need a shower and some food.

    Passed through a small town which was spookily quiet – not a soul on the streets and absolute silence, no traffic at all. Such bliss to be on the bike when it’s like this. Back out into the countryside – a few combines rumbling around in the fields creating such enormous clouds of dust that you could probably see them from the Space Station: thank God for the snood. And then home: time for some serious rehydration and a chance to top up the nicotine levels.
     
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  2. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    Lovely descriptive story... I can just visualise it. I don't know the Geoffrey Howe story. I think cows can be far more dangerous than sheep although I presume rams with horns could be dangerous. According to this news report from a few years ago:

    Cows are the most deadly large animals in Britain

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  3. Wandering Bob

    Wandering Bob Member

    Location:
    France
    Thanks @morning glory ….I think (but I may be wrong) that Dennis Healey described being attacked by Geoffrey Howe as like 'being savaged by a dead sheep' but I'm too lazy to check the reference properly.

    I would not argue with a cow, and absolutely not if there was a calf around as well. I came across a cow blocking a small road last year - I ended up doing a detour of a few kilometres just to get past - but better safe than sorry.
     
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  4. CraigC

    CraigC Senior Member Recipe Challenge Judge

    Location:
    SE Florida
    When a turkey (especially wild ones) takes a dislike to you, the outcome could include serious injury.
     
  5. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    Wild turkeys! We don't have those in the UK. Are they indigenous?
     
  6. CraigC

    CraigC Senior Member Recipe Challenge Judge

    Location:
    SE Florida
    Yes. Ben Franklin wanted the wild turkey as the bird symbol of the US instead of the bald eagle.
     
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  7. oddduck

    oddduck Regular Member

    Location:
    Usa
    Somewhere on youtube there is a video of a cyclist being chased by a large black faced sheep with grayish wool. Me, Not ever actually ever seen a sheep in real life i have no idea if a sheep is vicious or not.
     
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  8. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    Wow! I take it you don't have a link?
     
  9. oddduck

    oddduck Regular Member

    Location:
    Usa
    I'm afraid not, i remember seeing it. But i don't remember what it was called. It was in a compilation of either funny fails or a complilation of funny animal videos.
     
  10. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    There are plenty of those on the internet!
     
  11. oddduck

    oddduck Regular Member

    Location:
    Usa
    This is not the same one that i saw before as this features a motorbike instead of a regular bike and the sheep is not as cute as the one i saw and this sheep is much more aggressive. How hard do sheep hit? This dude kept catching the hits.


    View: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=KrhfClIcfYM
     
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  12. rascal

    rascal Well-Known Member

    There's a few around 1 funny one on fbook.

    Russ
     

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