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Slowest Known Time – My Journey to Completing the Log Driver’s Waltz Bikepacking Route | By Gene Villeneuve

I was in a meditative state often brought on by hours of rhythmic pedalling, vibrating gravel roads, flowing thoughts, and controlled breathing. We were on a rolling soft gravel section between Campbell’s Bay and Ladysmith, Quebec when suddenly, upon a fast descent, on a fully loaded bikepacking bike, I had to respond with nimble precision. An indecisive rabbit darted into and out of the road about three to four times within less than a metre of my straight-line trajectory. Should I come to a hard stop, suddenly veer off to the left or right and risk losing my wheels in the soft gravel, or keep my line and hope the rabbit’s own instincts would save itself from a T-bone collision with my front wheel? I think my heart rate jumped 30 beats. I knew at 35-40 KM/hour, on a bike that weighs 27 kg, any sudden moves on soft gravel would be risky. My own instincts told me to keep my line. The rabbit’s instinct saved itself, but not before getting within centimetres of my front wheel. Shortly after the close collision with the bunny, we stopped to orient ourselves. David and I laughed about the bunny and the many indecisive rodents that scare cyclists every day. Luckily, no incident to report!

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