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    A little trail buddy!

    Saw...or I should say heard this little guy yesterday out at the Mcdowell Loop.
    Sorry for the bad pic..it was a cell phone and i wasn't interested in getting to close!
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    Thanks for the picture. It looks like a decent sized western diamondback. I'm glad that each of you were able to escape the meeting unscathed. I saw a southwest speckled rattlesnake on SoMo, earlier this summer. They are pretty neat animals. About what time of day did you see this guy?

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    It was around 4 in the afternoon.
    He wasn't very happy to see us!
    I would have rode on by without even noticing him it it wasn't so loud.

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    I saw him (or his cousin) on the MMP Long Loop near Convict Corner about three weeks ago. He was stretched out across the trail with his nose by a hole, I guess waiting for something to come out. It was about 6:30 AM and he was still in the shade. I rolled up on him and went by before either of us had a chance to react. I bet I missed his head by just an inch or two. You're braver than me, I didn't want to go back for a photo op! It freaked me out for the rest of my ride.

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    It was on the long loop. Not sure about the destination, maybe 2 miles from the end.
    I had to convince my buddy not to go "Crocidile Hunter" and try to pick it up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by az29er
    It was on the long loop. Not sure about the destination, maybe 2 miles from the end.
    I had to convince my buddy not to go "Crocidile Hunter" and try to pick it up.
    Good call... amazes me people want to do that. I run from them!

    That is a pretty good sized one, looks like its pushing 5 feet; or is it just the camera adding 5 pounds?

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    Majority of the people that get bit deserve it because they simply do not just step away.

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    Stepping away saved my butt once.......nice pic!

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    After are little encounter I started thinking...
    What if he was right in the middle of the trail in the striking position?
    I know it is easy to say "lift your legs", but would I have been able to get out of the clipless that fast?
    I'm a newbee, and new to clipless too...

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    Quote Originally Posted by az29er
    After are little encounter I started thinking...
    What if he was right in the middle of the trail in the striking position?
    I know it is easy to say "lift your legs", but would I have been able to get out of the clipless that fast?
    I'm a newbee, and new to clipless too...
    I have seen 3 rattlesnakes ON the trail (along with a few more on the side of the trail) and have not been able to react that fast... I just freeze, zoom right by them (thinking I even hit them on occasion) without incident. I wish I could have picked up my legs, but I am frozen in fear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by azepicriderandrunner
    I have seen 3 rattlesnakes ON the trail (along with a few more on the side of the trail) and have not been able to react that fast... I just freeze, zoom right by them (thinking I even hit them on occasion) without incident. I wish I could have picked up my legs, but I am frozen in fear.
    That was kinda what I was tinking I would do.
    Hopefully it would be on a downhill!

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    Quote Originally Posted by az29er
    After are little encounter I started thinking...
    What if he was right in the middle of the trail in the striking position?
    I know it is easy to say "lift your legs", but would I have been able to get out of the clipless that fast?
    I'm a newbee, and new to clipless too...
    A few years ago one was stretched across the trail, crossing it I assume, when I can barreling down on it. By the time I saw it, it was too late to stop unless I wanted to stop on top of it. I ran it over, right over its back. I have no idea how the snake reacted, and I didn't stick around to find out. I went about another 50 feet down the trail got off my bike and my legs turned to Jello, I collapsed right there and took about 10 mins just to start blinking again. The rest of the ride I went about 3 MPH constantly looking ahead for a snake.

    Besides that I have ridden by them several times, sometimes I see them off the trail and zip by before they can react, sometimes I just hear a rattle from a bush as I ride past it. Most recent encounter was coming out of Dreamy Draw on T100, never saw it, just heard it in the bush as I rode past. It sounded close but it may have been my mind freaking me out.

    I have a deal with them, I leave them alone and they leave me alone. So far its worked out, hope it continues.

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