Day 6: Can anyone tell me what animal I almost hit?


DAY 6: Charlotte, North Carolina
Miles traveled so far: 1,023
States visited so far: 5 (just added: North Carolina)
Weather: 76, sunny

Today I’m in Charlotte. Since I’ll be here two days, I’ll hold off on writing about the city until tomorrow. Right now I must discuss an incident that happened a couple days ago.

Wanda (my GPS) took me through some ridiculous mountainous country roads on the way out of West Virginia. Coming around one bend, I almost hit two animals that I’d never seen before. They were slightly smaller than deer and had black stripes on their faces. I rushed to take a picture but they ran away. This is the best I could do – you can see its head and legs behind the guardrail:


In 15 years of driving, I’ve never hit an animal (though I’m sure I just jinxed myself by making that announcement.) I’ve had tons of close calls, with all sorts of animals. Now, I want to add this creature to the list of animals I’ve almost hit while driving, along with deer, dog, squirrel, chipmunk, skunk, turkey, turtle, and groundhog. But first I have to figure out what it was.

8 Responses to Day 6: Can anyone tell me what animal I almost hit?

  1. Jason says:

    It almost looks like it could be a kind of goat.

  2. Donn says:

    I think its a Goat as well,.. there are feral goats all over the mountains here.

    On occasion you can see them climbing the steep road-cut cliffs along the freeways.

    So congratulations! how many people who live outside of eastern Europe can say they nearly ran over a goat? 😀

  3. Donn says:

    A short revision on my above post,… It WAS a goat, I asked an animal/livestock authority friend of mine (yes i have friends who are livestock savy), lol,.. and he told me its goat breed known as an English Goat (see link)

  4. Jason says:

    Yes! Kudos to Donn for the awesome research. And I’m totally jealous and wish I had friends that were livestock savy. BTW, Scott, if we hit ANYTHING on the road I am going to scream like a wee little girl. Just so you know.

  5. Keilan says:

    You best not be hittin’ none ’em goats o’ ourn, said the W. Va hick after Scott’s close call.

  6. Scott says:

    Great call Donn! That’s what they were. I’m excited that I almost hit English goats.

  7. Susan says:

    I don’t know, but he looks PISSED.

  8. I adore your blog. Too often we bypass the U.S. as a valid travel option. I don’t mean the occasionally trip to grandmas, but a TRUE vacation. Cost effective and often as different as a foreign country, travel in the U.S. is amazing! Love to hear all of your adventures and appreciate all you amusing posts, though this is probably one of my favorites based on the comments alone.

    Thanks again, keep on traveling!

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