Back during my time in Sacramento, I had gotten to the point of biking from 10 to 15 miles a day. And back then I had a portable cassette player. At this point is was probably an Aiwa. And the best music In had found for a good constant pace was the soundtrack called “Songs from the Cool World”. It became the soundtrack of my rides. Now when I hear music from that album I immediately go to my time on the American River trail.
The only time I regretted having my music on was once when two cyclists coming toward me shouted something, that I couldn’t understand because of the music and headphones. then I came around a curve and there across the pavement was a snake.
That’s when your brain goes into overdrive. I quickly assessed which end was the head and which the tail (I saw a small rattle), and steered myself to pass behind it. As I went passed it, the snake turned and actually struck at me. I see it all in slow motion as my foot comes down on the stroke and the head is coming towards it. I see the fangs, and I pump that much harder to get by unscathed. And I did, but I had quite the clip going at that point.
Looking back I still can’t really understand the people coming at me, but while I thought they might have been shouting, “Pig!” (where was my mind?) they were surely shouting, “Snake!”
I was pretty shook up the rest of the day. I had to work that day as a teller at Wells Fargo, and told everyone at the branch my story. One guy said from the size and length (maybe 4 feet long), and the way it acted, it was probably a young rattler.
So for some reason this was all with me today as I went for a ride today. No snakes today, and all dogs and children encountered were well behaved and under control. But today I was testing something.
A few months ago I came across this on the internet:
So today, my music of choice was the soundtrack to “Tron: Legacy” by Daft Punk.
Now, unfortunately the whole soundtrack isn’t fast paced, but when the right stuff comes on, the above graphic is definitely true.