I just wanted to update everyone on the bug situation we have going on out here. I have never been exposed to so many bugs in my life. I’m getting pretty used to the bugs, but I still don’t really enjoy their company (especially while riding).
I don’t mind the guys that stay on the road (I actually quite like observing them, it’s like a real life version of that Pixar bug movie), but any creature that comes flying in the air at me, it’s every man for himself. A couple weeks ago while riding in Kansas, I got hit in the face by a small bird (world’s largest bug). Luckily, the bug hit me straight in my right eye, which was covered by my super protective $10 gas station sunglasses. The sound was so loud that cautious Ale thought something on her bike had broken. She started laughing hysterically when she realized a bug had cracked my lens (and that her bike was ok). Anyways, the point of the story is: after almost losing an eye, I have become much more defensive when it comes to huge bugs flying around my head. I now feel like I am in some sort of action movie and I have to be on guard and dodging bullets (insects) as I race (12mph) down the roads. Today a huge dragon fly hit me in the chest and then proceeded to violently crash into me repeatedly. I was swerving everywhere trying to flick it off of me. It was quite traumatic, but I eventually got it off.
Small bugs are also a bit of a problem. I would say on average I eat about 10 bugs a day (on accident while riding). Even though I know better, I continue to lip sing and dance along to music, which gives bugs a great opportunity to land right at the back of my throat. If I can catch them before they get swallowed, I desperately try to spit the bugs out, but this is a rare occasion. Also, if the bugs somehow miss my mouth, they go straight for the eyes. I used to make myself cry to try and get the bugs out of my eyes, but now I just let them make their way to the tear duct area, and then pick them out at the end of the day. Life on the road is so fun 🙂
Anyways I just thought I would tell you where I stand in relation to insects.