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    Arachnophobia !

    This was my most traumatic expirience on the trail. I would consider this therapy for me. Sense this is somewhat anonymous. Please understand. I must get this out of my mind.
    It may seem a bit cowardly to some but for me its not.

    I've been riding for the past two years usually in late afternoon or evening before sundown. This morning I decided to get up earlier and ride a trail I don't ride often. I arrived when it opened at 8am. I was the first one there. Well, after a 1/4 mile I face planted a gargantuan spider and web that strung across the trail. The spider was about 3 inches long (humongous to me). I thought to my self, holy S*** get this f**** thing off me, as I franticly brush it of my jersey. I then proceeded on concentrating not to run into anymore. Then sure enough without exaggeration about 50 feet theres another strung across the trail. At this point I get off my bike and walk around the web staring intently at the spider, which was larger than the first. I love nature and everything but someting in my brain is telling me to quit and go back home. I thought, no I'm just being a wimp. So I get back on and ride. I'm doin great, spiders are disappearing further in the back of my mind. I'm on a nice fast downhill. Then I see it, right in front of me. Another web. I grab brakes, it wasn't quick enough. Web plastered my face and arms. I don't know where that spider went which was worse for me. I gave up and gave into my brain and took the side road back to my car and left. Yes I'm a wimp so what. I know one thing. I'm not going to be the first on the trail anymore.
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    Santos Banana Spiders???????????

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    YEA thats what they were. I just did a search. Thanks. now I know they are not dangerous. It was at Jonathan Dickinson State Park. At least it was a whole new riding experence on the trail. Bunch of them. Looks like OMBA in Ocala has one for their club symbol. funny

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    I have managed to deal with spiders and ticks in a very good way now. The trick is to have it happen many times a week until you are desensitized to them. This will require some Jedi mind power, but everyone has it in them.

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    yep, I rode JD on july 4th weekend early in the morning and had the same experience. Ended up riding with a stick in one hand to pull down webs before my face hit them. The webs were all over the place on the south end trails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by myfun
    YEA thats what they were. I just did a search. Thanks. now I know they are not dangerous. It was at Jonathan Dickinson State Park. At least it was a whole new riding experence on the trail. Bunch of them. Looks like OMBA in Ocala has one for their club symbol. funny

    Interesting, I have never seen them there before in the years I have ridden there.

    Good to know, now we won't be the first on the trail nor last on account of Deer Flys.

    We do plan to be riding there many rides this summer getting ready for a fall trip.

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    I walked into one at my house last week. 4am and im walking out to my standalone garage where I park my motorcycle, heading to work. I actually felt the spider on my face as my fight or flight reaction kicked in. Good thing they dont bother me much cause it was early and I had know idea where that thing went.

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    Spiders

    I went early on a weekday to ride the Santos epic....mistake. I stopped counting after I went through *200* webs. Only a portion of those had spiders that landed on me, but still. I wasn't even a third of the way when I stopped counting. My bike looked like it had that fake Halloween spider web stuff all over the front by the time I finished.

    Happens to me on the Gainesville in town trails a lot too. I was thinking of building a web catcher somehow.

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    apparently morning riders are the ones to eat those so go during the afternoon again and you wont see it =D
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    Yeah, the Gainesville trails are crawling with them.

    I usually stop counting after about 10 webs. But I have severe arachnophobia.

    Just do not do like I did on one ride when I took point. Started using both hands to frantically slap at my face. While going about 15 mph. Into a tree.

    Spiders suck real bad. But not as bad as trees at 15 mph.

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    And night riders also!

    Quote Originally Posted by pointerDixie214
    Yeah, the Gainesville trails are crawling with them.

    I usually stop counting after about 10 webs. But I have severe arachnophobia.

    Just do not do like I did on one ride when I took point. Started using both hands to frantically slap at my face. While going about 15 mph. Into a tree.

    Spiders suck real bad. But not as bad as trees at 15 mph.
    Ditto...same here...Just be creative and imagine it's some sexy gal's hair
    Oh and let's not forget the armadillos, wet roots, deer, snakes, and gators

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    Definately the time of year for them... I went through about 30 of them in So AL last week, several of the spiders managed to actually land on me, or the bike... This means I come to a crashing hault, throw my helmet off(which is where they end up landing most times), and screaming like a girl... then repeate every 50' :P

    I have no problems with banana spiders... except when they're on me.






    I'm still healing from a brown recluse bite on the back of my knee... took like 5-6 months for the gaping holes to close up. Those things are no joke.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuPrBuGmAn
    I'm still healing from a brown recluse bite on the back of my knee... took like 5-6 months for the gaping holes to close up. Those things are no joke.
    Did this happen while biking?



    (please say no...)

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    I was crewing for a Hot air balloon team a few years back and we got invited to fly down
    around Tallahassee. My pilot called and gave me directions to a small patch of grass in
    the middle of a cotton field that was shrouded in ground fog. He is on approach to land when
    when I started running down the bank from the road into the field. This is when I discovered
    that the field was not covered in ground fog but in spider webs. I quickly told him he was on
    his own unless flew on to a better field. Some of those spiders looked to be 6" across.
    That same trip on another flight he decided to land in a park near a creek. My wife was in the
    balloon that day and he pointed to the field and asked her if she thought that patch of grass
    just beyond the logs was a good spot to land. She responded with those aren't logs, those
    are alligators. He chose a different landing site.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tech44
    Did this happen while biking?



    (please say no...)
    No idea, maybe?

    I didn't know I had been bitten... the bites are often undetectable, its the reaction that sucks

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    Quote Originally Posted by pointerDixie214
    Yeah, the Gainesville trails are crawling with them.

    I usually stop counting after about 10 webs. But I have severe arachnophobia.

    Just do not do like I did on one ride when I took point. Started using both hands to frantically slap at my face. While going about 15 mph. Into a tree.

    Spiders suck real bad. But not as bad as trees at 15 mph.

    not good going into the tree. But I will take the tree over large spiders any day.

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    I've learned that if I'm the first one of the day to hit the trail that it's best to just focus on riding otherwise i'll spend the entire time freaking out about spiders. To be honest though i've stopped hitting the trails early in the morning because of it.
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    ... and if we just ...

    Markham Park is full of them too. I don't like the feeling of the web al over my face but what can you do. I now wait 'till there are a few riders ahead of me so they can catch the webs for me....
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    Rode solo today for 11 miles. Not a single spider. Maybe I am saving my negative spider karma and a monster is going to eat me?

    Good point re: tree being better than spider. I would probably do the same thing again.

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    Man, that is one thing about riding trails I really dislike......"Those freakin spiders!" I do not have arachnophobia, but I really despise those damn eight lagged freaky deeks, especially when they land square in my face!

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    Spiders are delicious.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim311
    Spiders are delicious.
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    Last month I had the bright idea of going out on a solo early morning ride at Croom. Started out on Tucker. Took the yellow to the red connector to south blue. I was obviously the first person on the trail. There was a half mile section of trail where I must have stopped at least 20 times to either clear the web from my face or the trail.

    Highlight of the ride was reaching the top of a climb only to get a face full of web and a HUGE banana spider on the lense of my glasses. I screamed like a little girl and went over the handlebars trying to get it off of me.

    I know they are harmless...but their creepiness paired along with the sheer suprise when one lands on me while riding really freaks me out.
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    I got stung by a banana spider once. Got a huge lump that hurt like hell for a couple of days then it went away on its own basicaly. But I sure as hell could of done without it.
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    I hate Spiders!

    Kinda embarassing but one time I was riding Nayls Trail on an early morning solo and rode through three sets of webs in the course of about 1 minute. I didn't get off the bike, just slowed down enough to wipe off the webs. A quick glance had me thinking I was spider free... Long story short, I see this (huge) leg curl around the front of my helmet visor... It would have been funny to watch... I let go of the bars with both hands, let myself fall off the back of the bike swatting at my head like mad... then in full-on panic I got up, threw off my helmet and camelback and just basically freaked out for a couple seconds. I couldn't find the spider... until I looked at my bike laying on the ground. The spider was chilling on my front wheel. I removed it (with a stick) and finished my ride but not before brushing against two more webs and removing two more spiders from my arm... I didn't crash or get off the bike again but I had the creeps until I was back in my truck.

    Since then I try to NOT be the first guy on the trails in the morning... No spider patrol for me, I just hate those freaking things...
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    I was hoping there were no pics in this thread. I've collected many of those big-arse spiders riding in Jacksonville. I nearly stripped naked tying to get them off me!!!
    Nothing to see here.

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    I am just glad I am not the only one that freaks out about them.

    Although the "thought I had gotten rid of it until I saw the leg creap around my visor" part would literally have killed me.

    They are not harmless either. They can bite. And they are creepy. Bastards. I hate them all.

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    lol some of you are in the wrong hobby
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    Quote Originally Posted by pointerDixie214
    I am just glad I am not the only one that freaks out about them.

    Although the "thought I had gotten rid of it until I saw the leg creap around my visor" part would literally have killed me.

    They are not harmless either. They can bite. And they are creepy. Bastards. I hate them all.
    Yeah man... on the ride I mentioned above I freaked out the first 5-10 times and then it just got to the point where I told my buddy behind my just to tell me when they were on my back/helmet/shoulders cause I was tired of checking and sweeping. He has serious arachnophobia, so he'd start screaming something like "dude, dude, dude, right shoulder!!!!" and I'd just stop as calmly as I could and trying to brush it off. They feel really weird crawling up your neck/ear and what not .

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    While I don't like the spiders, I like water moccasins less.

    My first spider encounter was an early ride at Santos west side. My wife and I, encountered a bunch. Obviously I had to lead. When I would go through a web, you got the normal web on the face. When I would stop to wait, a couple times they came around to my face. That was freaky.

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    Theyre harmless.. they only eat little flying things...


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    What the heck! is that a real pic? Don't tell me the spider is really eating a bird. no way

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    Its real, but rare. A mammoth golden orb up north. And yes, he's nomming on a swallow.

    These guys are normally about the size of your hand, and are considered harmless. Their web is interesting through. The "Golden Orb" part of their name comes from the long yellow strands they weave to hold their "catch web" up between trees etc. Its almost like fishing line. When you ride through one, you sure know it!

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    ... and if we just ...

    That's one creepy pic.. Then again spiders are usefull in keeping the bug population down, as without spiders many of our riding area's would be nearly impossible to ride because of the bugs....
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    Quote Originally Posted by KYjelly
    Its real, but rare. A mammoth golden orb up north. And yes, he's nomming on a swallow.
    What a bunch of BS!! I love how people doctor pictures up and pass them off for the real deal.

    Orb Spiders are non-toxic to human beings, but can cause light to possible severe local pain in the area of the bite. There is always a possibility for a young child to get very ill though from a bite from these Orb Spiders. There webbing is strong, but not strong enough to hold the weight of an swallow, lone enough a finch's weight.

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    Pepper,

    The pictures are real. It's a golden orb spider eating a chestnut-breasted mannikin in Australia.

    http://tools.cairns.com.au/photo_gal...=3825&offset=0

    Quote Originally Posted by ChiliPepper1
    What a bunch of BS!! I love how people doctor pictures up and pass them off for the real deal.

    Orb Spiders are non-toxic to human beings, but can cause light to possible severe local pain in the area of the bite. There is always a possibility for a young child to get very ill though from a bite from these Orb Spiders. There webbing is strong, but not strong enough to hold the weight of an swallow, lone enough a finch's weight.

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    Never heard Austrailia being called "up north"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Camf
    Pepper,

    The pictures are real. It's a golden orb spider eating a chestnut-breasted mannikin in Australia.

    http://tools.cairns.com.au/photo_gal...=3825&offset=0
    Hey man, to each his own.

    Like I previously said, a BS picture with a BS line!

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    i'd be pretty pissed if i just built my home and some big monster came tearing through it. it's not like i was trying to catch the monster, just a little fly!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidNeiles
    What a bunch of pussies

    LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidNeiles
    What a bunch of pussies
    We finally found the leader for the Epic group ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tech44
    We finally found the leader for the Epic group ride.
    Early morning epic ride leader that is.

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    Meow,...Meoow?

    Quote Originally Posted by DavidNeiles
    What a bunch of pussies
    Meow?,...Meoow?

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    Quote Originally Posted by XCProphet
    Meow?,...Meoow?
    I guess he is the Bow-Wow of the Bow-Wow's......

    Look Mr. Bow-Wow (DN), everyone has there own fear, may it be spiders or whats-so-ever. I guess you are the fearless of the fearless, hey? No man has no fears to live with at least once in their journey of life brother.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiliPepper1
    I guess he is the Bow-Wow of the Bow-Wow's......

    Look Mr. Bow-Wow (DN), everyone has there own fear, may it be spiders or whats-so-ever. I guess you are the fearless of the fearless, hey? No man has no fears to live with at least once in their journey of life brother.
    LOL, I am usually the ride leader!! I am just so used to riding in the am that spider webs are part of if riding to me. Spiders are really cool I think, plus some look really cool. Like that big ass spider up above. I just hate the web in the mouth, that usually sucks, breath in with my nose I just fear the people running our government and what the get away with! LOL
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