Thanks for the tip.
Back in my New Hampshire and Pennsylvania days, when I occasionally got chased by dogs out in the country, I was sometimes able to use a water bottle to squirt the dog in the face. I mostly sprinted as fast as possible until the dog stopped chasing.
I've been chased by dogs many times. The worst was when I went camping in Indiana 2 weeks ago, I was chased by 6 pit bulls! I got off my bike, placed the bike between the dogs and myself and backed up until the I left the 'territory'. It's time to buy some bear spray!
Today on the I & M trail I was charged at by two protective geese---I was at least 4 or 5 feet from them. I was thrown from my bike. Luckily they backed off and i was not injured beyond a bruised ego. A mile later I sped up when another goose tried to do me in. Anyone have a bad bird experience? (By the way, the I and M trail which is easy to pick up off of 80 in Joliet, is a real gem full of great wildlife and a variety of beautiful birds--except, of course, those dangerous geese).
Ive come upon a group of wild turkeys who refused to cede the right-of-way. More a memorable bird experience than a bad one.
I've had situations (off bike) when I was charged by aggressive geese who were trying to steal my lunch. I tried imitating their aggressive behavior and it worked. Notice how they raise up, flap their wings and hiss.
I charged and hissed and flapped my arms like wings - like a bigger goose. In each case, the goose charging me backed off, and other geese nearby took the hint. Then I was able to eat lunch in peace. Your mileage may vary...
Next time get one of them to shoot a video of the incident on your phone please. :)
In the incidents I had, the geese came up quickly and I didn't really have room to escape. I did my best to be as intimidating as possible.
Geese are jerks. I've turned around and found a different path - trying to avoid them completely. Glad you are ok.