So, yeah. Yesterday I was cycling alongside the Union Canal in Edinburgh. Doing around 7 mph.
Coming up to the aquaduct near Slateford and someone walked out from an adjoining path, straight across right in front of me. I ran into them but got knocked sideways and went head first into the canal. The bike went in too.
Now, I can’t swim, so when I resurfaced I was really disorientated and in a panic so I ‘swam’ to the nearest bank. Unfortunately it was the other side, with no towpath and no way to get back across.
I stood there to get my composure back while 2 brilliant people managed to get my submerged bike out the water. I then had to jump back fucking in to get back to the other side and to safety!
Here’s some further info to enhance this thread. The weather was warm, but cloudy. I was wearing my work clothes…shoes, trousers, shirt. I had to get on a train home, drenched. Not one person asked what had happened!!