We all know to share the trail with hikers and other bikers, but the multiuser list doesn’t end there. These are photos of other critters shot that have every right to be on the trails with the rest of us.
SNAKE IN THE GRASS
Riding in Mission Trails Park, San Diego, California. Heard the snake but didn't see him until I got home and reviewed the Go Pro video.
San Diego, California
That gator is Big Momma, and she is often seen in the lakes that these trails are built around. I had always heard about her but never seen her until this day. I ran right up on her and bailed! Had to wait until she went back in the water. Good times!
AS THE CROW FLYS
Saw this lone rider coming up the trail. His shell contrasted so well against the landscape that it seemed like a good sense of scale. The crow was luck.
Culver City, California
MAN’S BEST FRIEND
My riding buddy is my yellow lab, Kobi. Here we are on the Soaring Hawk Trail in Anthony Chabot Park in the Oakland Hills with my Stumpjumper. Kobi and my bike both got a deep cleaning when we got home.
WHAT’S THAT SMELL?
This young, 28-foot Humpback whale washed ashore in storm surf on this remote beach in Oregon where we ride during low tide when our trails get too muddy. Awesome creature to see up close. The colors and mass are beautiful. We felt privileged to see him up close and touch him. Marine biologists now involved say he died at sea and they're investigating the cause. Well, he found one of earth's most beautiful burial spots. They're going to leave him there and let him "go back to nature." Too remote to do anything else. R.I.P., Kid-Whale. You're with friends now.
It's a farmlander's friend taking a pause for the picture during a ride in the dam of Paraibuna. This is one of the most beautiful and enjoyable places around Sao Jose dos Campos, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Sao Paulo, Brazil
A short descent leads right up to the water's edge at Loyce Harper Park in Lakeland, Florida. Tom Davidson got this picture of a hungry gator at the exit, waiting on a mountain biker to overshoot the hard right-hand turn.
My daughter Anais and I waiting our turn to use the bridge on our rail trail cycle adventure in New Zealand. The tag-along bike worked great behind my single-speed, as a 93-mile ride is a big ask for a 5-year-old. Mum rode on my Specialized Epic and took the photos and dished out the trail snacks--an enjoyable family holiday to cross off our bucket list.
Vernon, Penelope and Anais Gore
Southland, New Zealand
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“Trail Mix” rider of the month: Kate Courtney