Panther hollow at night

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chinston
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I’ve encountered cars twice in the last few months, both times coming from the Oakland end. Both times it was pouring rain, which made things a little more … interesting. Given the conditions, I could understand how the drivers got confused, because the road at that end kind of looks more like a path anyway.


sloaps
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I got caught between a shooter and his target in Junction Hollow last Saturday evening.

Just as I was approaching the ball fields a barefoot man running towards me said he was shot and was being chased. So of course I followed him back towards Oakland.

As we get near the bridge, I see the dude walking calmly up through the ball field. He got halfway across the field by the time the police surrounded him. Police by that time were at both ends of the trail.

Surreal because the victim was wearing white, for the most part, while the shooter was wearing black shorts and a black t-shirt.

So many police. I asked one which (safe) way to go, he just said to “get outta here.”

Good Times


spakbros
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thats nuts, I ride through there every night between midnight and 4am and the only things that ever scared me were in order:

1) a large buck that tried to gore me

2) two boxers that chased me growling and off leash until I stopped and pet them for a minute

3) cycle ninjas w/ no lights riding three abreast

4) the time I almost took out the flock of cycles at 4am flying through the park with no lights

Basically I like to ride completely blacked out through there late riding a silent fixed bike because you get the jump on would be dangers of the human variety. The downside is that you are invisible to most animals and pet owners.

I really suggest headlamps if you are scared of the dark because you can see really far to either side and survey the entire field long before you come apon it.

*note, I usually sit by the tennis courts in the really dark part before the trail head for 10 mins and let the old eyes adjust a bit before riding through without a light on.


stefb
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My boxer mix will do a growl bark at you until you pay attention to him. He is just trying to say hello, probably like those dogs were trying to do :)

Anyway, i have seen some deer, no cars, and all dogs off leash have not chased me. I don’t think I have ever been spooked out at night. I like to have no one around. Peaceful.


ieverhart
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How could Panther Hollow be a shortcut for cars? Aren’t there those rocks (and a closed gate) at the southern end by the soccer field?

anyone ever see someone tooling around the trails on a segway?

One of the segway tours was coming up the switchback on the Fort Duquesne Bridge pedestrian access (North Shore end) right as I was coming over the bridge, to the North Side from downtown. There were like 15 of them with a tour leader. For whatever reason (surely captivated by my good looks), two tween-ish segway riders crashed into one another as I was approaching, and totally fell over, forward. I stopped as they righted themselves and continued on.


Nate
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There’s google streetview for the trail, interestingly enough.

In some streetview images of roads you will sometimes see the fuzzy image of the front hood of the car. In a couple of the Panther Hollow frames there’s a ghostly black and white baseball cap.

There’s one frame with a bicycle in it, and another with a segway.


cburch
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google has a streetview tricycle for trails


reddan
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Lyle
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Hot Dog! Ice cream? Why does he need a helmet? In case he trips and falls getting off?


Nate
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You can tell in a few frames from the trailview that the operator’s gone helmet-free.


Pierce
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Also bad helmet fitstrap adjustment; his forehead is still totally exposed


thielges
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Here’s another nighttime skunk story. I’m riding with a bright headlight and spot a skunk on the trail ahead, stopping about 20′ from it. My usual strategy for dealing with critters that I prefer not to tangle with whether they be little skunks or big bears is to simply stop and slowly back off. They usually want nothing to do with me and scamper away.

I expected the skunk to just duck into the brush one side or the other of the trail. But instead little Pepe keeps trotting down the trail in the same direction that I was going. So I start following the skunk keeping a safe distance and expecting that it will duck into the brush off of the trail at any moment.

Not so, we convoy for nearly 1/4 mile down the trail. Then Pepe stops, I stop, Pepe turns around and charges me! Yikes! It caught me off guard so I just jammed straight ahead hoping that Pepe is a bad shot at a moving target. We passed one another without incident.

Theory: Pepe was actually a mama skunk and her nest was back where we first met one another. She tried to evade me and then finally the instinct to get back to the nest took over.


StuInMcCandless
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@thielges – I’d say you’re darned lucky. I’m not sure I’d do what you did. I’m not sure what I’d do, but it wouldn’t be that.


Vannevar
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anyone ever see someone tooling around the trails on a segway?

Earlier this year I encountered a older gent riding north on the Jail Trail on a really tricked out Segway. Smoking a cigarette, which seemed curious, I don’t know why.

His wife was slightly ahead of him on her bicycle, he had both knees replaced and can’t ride anymore, and with the Segway he’s able to go out and get some fresh air with her.

He was as pleased with the way he outfitted his Segway as I am of the way I’ve got my bike tweaked, it was a pleasant moment and a slice of something different.


Pseudacris
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I would like to see a tricked out segway. There were a fair amount of low riders where I grew up & I enjoy the artistry of kustom kars. It would be funny to see a segway with chrome hubcaps and one of those weird dolls looking into the reflection. Anyone who’s been to a custom auto show knows the dolls I’m talking about.


Lyle
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I was trying to decide which would be better, neon ground effects or flames. Neon, I think. And a subwoofer.


Pseudacris
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+ 1 on subwoofer. It has to push grass and dust around, though.


Erica
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a segway would make a great trail sweeper. At least in my head it would…

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