So I’m coming down the road when I see this good natured soul trying to get a foot & a half long snapping turtle off the road.
In case you’re not familiar with snapping turtles, they are NOT like the cute little critters that you played with as a kid that were so shy they’d hide in their shell... Snapping turtles are like some prehistoric creature from the ”The Land that Time Forgot”
. They’ve got wicked claws, incredibly strong jaws that’ll take a body part off and a remarkably nasty attitude!
And here’s this Good Samaritan standing there in shorts & thongs trying to shoo this little dinosaur away by poking it with a short stick... a short stick that’s getting shorter as Mr. Bad Ass Turtle is biting pieces off it!
So I decide that I better help out before one of them gets hurt, most likely the guy who’s headed for the nickname “nine toes”...
I put the kickstand down, take note that it’s a slight – slight
– bit of a downward slope... and decide that `it’ll be alright'
... And as I’m walking away from the bike I hear it hit the pavement!!!
A broken clutch lever & foot peg (replacements are cheap enough) , a rash on the radiator shroud (I was planning on painting it black anyway) and a nasty rash on the tank fairing (I was NOT planning on painting that!).
Oh well... I got careless, I screwed up... and I will have to pay the price... but at least the turtle’s okay