When it was all over, I was astonished by the lightening speed of my thought.
I had an encounter with a skunk today, and it was a short one. Forgive me for not stopping for photos of the critter.
I was on a pleasant patch of gravel, and it came ’round the corner on the edge of the road opposite me. It was traveling south, I was traveling north. In one pedal revolution, I evaluated my options.
(1) I could stop and hope that it would wonder OFF the road, but he was coming toward me with purpose. I’ve heard that seeing a skunk, normally a nighttime critter, in the daytime is a possible sign of rabies. (2) I could keep going along my edge of the road and hope for the best, but unfortunately I was going downwind. Bummer. (3) I could turn around, but I was getting hungry. Besides, I’ve encountered skunks before sitting in my tent watching them sniff around inches from me. I was rock still in that tent, but never got the fragrant treatment.
I chose option (2), hugging my side of the road, and surging with slight acceleration. Not too abruptly, mind you. When we got even with one another, I glanced left and saw the tail shoot straight up in the air. Oh no…
At that point, I was becoming a perfect downwind target.
But it wobbled on down the edge of the road with it’s tail straight up, and I pedaled north with my heart rate up. It was all for show this time.
So that one pedal revolution process of alternative identification, evaluation, and decision-making, worked out okay…this time.