>> Friday, October 31, 2014
I spend a lot of time in fields and I've had a few moments with cows that have been fairly uncomfortable and occasionally downright dangerous but today was the first time when I've been caught with no exit route at all.
I was having a fine run and feeling (literally) on top of the world. This is one of the highest points for miles around.
(Check out the perspective of the fly in this picture, it's either huge and a long way away or really close and it's not clear which.)
Any-hoo, I pick up the canal not too far from here and start the run homeward bound.
About 8k from home I see this lovely lady:
And she was as unhappy to see me as I was to see her.
It was a bit hard to know what to do then, canal water one side, hawthorn the other and I can't run as fast as a cow for the distance back to the last bridge.
I opted for hawthorn, I backed off to a semi gap in it, pushed through, went over a barbed wire fence and into the field.
From nowhere 2 dogs appeared! Seriously, I wondered if it could get any worse. 2 dogs and no owner, I waited a bit thinking a walker might be around and give me a clue how to get out of this area but no one came. The dogs charged off to the end of the field with the rest of the cows in, presumably to stir them up a bit, ready for my departure *sigh*
It's ok I can think on my trail runners! I got a stick and poked it through the hedge towards the backside of the cows, I rattled it around a bit and asked them nicely to go back down the other way. And slowly they did. Each time they moved I pushed the stick through further down the hedge and did the same again until they were past the point I had climbed over.
So back over the barbed wire fence I went. It was higher from the field side, so I had to partially try to get a foot up a tree to give me enough lift *sigh* Push back through the hawthorn, peel myself off the thorns and then I simply had to run another 8k home *sigh*
Did I mention how lovely it is around here?!!!!!