May 11, 2012
I came across the above sign while pedaling in South Africa. At first I thought, "Wow. They are letting me choose which animal I want to be cautious about. How cute." Then I realized that the sign was meant for people driving cars. That made my pulse increase a bit. The top of the sign highlights animals that could trample you, while the bottom of the sign is reserved for animals that could eat you. I assume the sign designed for cyclists would have three exclamation points.
This sign makes a good case for not running or jogging while in a wildlife reserve.
In Thailand there was no sign, but there should have been. "Caution. Major Duck Crossing." I'm not sure which would be worse -- to be stomped to death by a wild elephant, or slowly waddled to death by a thousand ducks ...
Just remember to obey all traffic signs ... once you figure them out.
Photos by Willie Weir
SIGHTS AND SOUNDS is posted every other Friday. Willie Weir is a columnist for Adventure Cyclist magazine. His books, Travels with Willie and Spokesongs, will inspire you to hit the road, and might change the way you approach bicycle travel. He lives in Seattle with his wife Kat. You can read about their adventures at http://yellowtentadventures.com.