Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Mobbed by the proverbial woodland bandit, Yellowjackets ripped my flesh!!!


I had one of the best rides of the season yesterday. The trails are dry and hard, fast as can be, effortless really. Well with all these great trails and the fall weather starting to make time in the woods so attractive I decided to take a look at some potential new trails. IE Trails of the future so to speak. While on this foray however I managed to ride over an underground nest of Yellowjackets. It was a flurry of painful anarchy. I was being bitten on my neck, ankles, legs and back and chest. Since I was on a prospective trail I could not gain speed to escape so the swarm stayed with me for a long time while I tried beat them off me. I had been bitten and stung about 15 to 20 times and was scared enough to call some buddies to grab me at tne next road I could ride to. I also called a buddy who is a doctor who told me to take 50ml of Benadryl to conteract a possible allergic reaction. Several years ago another friend of mine had a similar experience and went into Anaphylactic Shock and nearly died. So it begs the question, should I be riding with Benadryl in the Camel Back?

4 comments:

samh said...

Is it better to have yellowjackets rip your flesh than weasels?

Loki said...

A great question. Ripping weasels are certainly a fear I have in the back of mind while wheeling over hill and dale. Although, ransacking Salamanders are as well..........

dharma bum said...

Wow. That sounds not fun. We always carry Benadryl these days, though it's primarily for the dog. After she got attacked by wasps or something else and her whole head swelled up while we were far from any help, having that in the pack is just a lot of peace of mind. And of course if one of us got attacked, it would be good to have too.

Now... what's this about weasels? :)

samh said...

I don't think Frank Zappa wrote a song about ransacking Salamanders, although were he still with us it would almost certainly be on his short list.