While I was riding back from work earlier this week I hit a branch. Normally I would try to avoid this event, but the branch was large and green, covered in vines, and took up most of the shoulder on the bridge I was riding across. Since I was on a bridge, I couldn’t exactly swerve around it, and traffic being some what heavy, I couldn’t swerve out into the traveling lanes.
So I hit my brakes and tried to go as directly over it as possible, to avoid losing control and being hit by a Volvo. As expected the branch got wrapped around my crank and wheels and I had to coast to the end of the bridge where I could hop off and remove it. Luckily there was no damage, and I was able to continue on back to the house.
Unluckily, it appears that some of those vines that I mentioned earlier were of the poisonous, itchy variety; and I now have a couple red bumpy patches on both my right calf and my left thigh.