New Year's Day ride in the hills near Lake Berryessa by your Campy Only
webmaster included this unusual incident: On our return from the
turnaround point, we saw a flock of about 20 or so wild turkeys crossing
the road ahead of us. Since we had our Ride Cam with us, we slowed
down to snap a photo of the flock (see the first photo below).
As we did, four of the turkeys peeled off and began trotting after us! They were running along (not flying), gobbling, and holding a speed of about 10-12mph. The birds kept following--not going faster, not flying--until we picked up our speed a bit, at which point they eventually fell back. In all, the four birds followed us for about a half mile or more. Definitely one for the books, and we're glad to have the photos to prove it. (Update 7-29-03--We came across a group of turkeys in a parking lot in Rancho Cordova, about 70 miles from Lake Berryessa. Click here for video)
Were they chasing to protect the flock, or did they think we were just a big ol' turkey? You decide . . .
Wait a minute . . . maybe these birds listen to National Public Radio! Back in October 2000, a letter I wrote to NPR's "All Things Considered" was read on the air--in it, I advocated hunting for turkeys astride one's bicycle! Click here to listen to the "Letters" segment of the October 26, 2000, edition of NPR's ATC--my letter is about a minute into the segment.
Your Turkey Experiences
Diane wrote about her turkey experience in the same general vicinity:
Reader Pat Kennedy of Nunda, NY, frequently searches for turkeys while riding:
I carry my shotgun with a sling strapped over my shoulder. If you stay on the logging roads you don't get snagged but if you were to take it on some trails you would get a little caught on some trees. Where I live you don't have to worry about anyone stealing your rig. So all you have to do is leave it where you can find it. Happy trails.....