Chased by a sheep

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by bluenotebob, 11 Jul 2018.

  1. bluenotebob

    bluenotebob Senior Member

    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 wonder 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.

    As France are now into the World Cup Final, there'll be one more chance to experience unbelievably quiet roads.
  2. Rooster1

    Rooster1 I was right about that saddle

    I would pay money to be chased by a sheep.
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  3. Drago

    Drago Guru

    You must be baaking.
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  4. Beebo

    Beebo Firm and Fruity

    It could have been a wolf in sheep clothing
  5. raleighnut

    raleighnut Guru

    On 3 Wheels
  6. Sounds more New Zealandish to me. :tongue:
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  7. PeteXXX

    PeteXXX Cake or ice cream? The choice is endless ...

    I usually holler "MINT SAUCE!!" at them and they run in the opposite direction...
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  8. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    South Manchester
    Just be careful of this thread deteriorating. Youll be acused of sheep cruelty, or blamed for not turning it into a lamb shank.
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  9. I feel I have shown great restraint not responding to this outrage:
    Mint SAUCE? If you do that to lamb, you don't deserve to have any. Roasted with with slivers of garlic and sprigs of rosemary embedded, and served with a sweet marsala reduction.

    I guess shouting "garlic, rosemary and marsala" doesn't have quite the rhetorical force of "mint sauce". Any sheep care to comment?
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  10. OP

    bluenotebob Senior Member

    @fossyant - just about every thread seems to deteriorate, or evolve anyway. Seems that most posts refer to earlier comments rather than to the OP. Can't say that I care - sufficient likes to have made it worth writing - and anyway, I just chucked it into the pond to see how - and where - it rippled.

    Going off-topic (as you do) - I really liked your canal photo. Excellent
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  11. Arjimlad

    Arjimlad Tights of Cydonia

    South Glos
    Nice write-up !

    Brought back a few memories..

    My parents had a Soay sheep as a pet alongside our goats, chickens, bees & rabbits. She would chase anything. She'd certainly have chased a bike given a chance. Dad sometimes used to walk the sheep or a goat to work on a lead, where they would quietly mow the police station lawn. Got a few comments as people were more used to seeing a police dog handler rather than a police sheep/goat handler.

    One day the neighbours' Afghan hound got into our garden. Ginger uprooted her tether and chased the dog to our garden gate. The dog kept running for another mile.

    Another time, a stray black Labrador-sized dog entered the garden & was snarling at Ginger. She was tethered on a 12` chain around a stake in the ground, so she could mow the lawn. She took a few steps back so the dog entered the radius of the chain, and then attacked. The dog yelped as it was projected six feet through the air, landing on its back & skedaddling as fast as it could go.

    Never underestimate a sheep !
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  12. Pat "5mph"

    Pat "5mph" A kilogrammicaly challenged woman Moderator

    Very good description of a ride @bluenotebob, doesn't need a picture to image exactly what happened!
    Scottish sheep can be dangerous, @Mo1959 can tell us a tale!
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  13. Mo1959

    Mo1959 Guru

    Lol. Don't remind me! I still get flashbacks and won't descend at any speed.
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  14. Then this is not for you:
    nb: it's a trailer for a comedy horror film, so a bit gory. Not for the very squeamish.

  15. Tin Pot

    Tin Pot Guru


    Sheep worrying.
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