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Posted by Michael McGoldrick, Mon Jun 11 2012 at 10:44 am
Another successful Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour (complete with 2 bird attacks).
I completed another successful Rideau Lakes Tour this past weekend.
For the most part, the weather cooperated wonderfully. The ride started off with sunshine, but skies became overcast and threatened rain between Westport and Kingston on Saturday. The first waves of cyclists to arrive in Kingston didn’t get wet, although it appears that it did rain a bit on the people who came in later. The ride back on Sunday was glorious, although it did start to get a little hot on the final approach to Ottawa.
The only out-of-the-ordinary event that I have to report is that I was attacked by birds when going to and returning from Kingston. These attacks only amounted to a mild scratching sensation on the top of my helmet, and were more entertaining than anything else.
From the shadow on the ground, I could see what the bird was up to during the first attack on Saturday morning. However, the attack on the following day (at a different location) caught me totally by surprise. And the bird actually made two passes at me from behind. When I got to the Ashton rest station a short time later, I heard that this bird had attacked several other cyclists.
All I can say is that this must have been one busy bird if it attacked even a small percentage of the thousand or so cyclists that passed by its nest during the tour.