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#1    karingal

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 04:49 PM

Hi all! I'm new here and really need your help. I've been searching the web looking for answers and it lead me here. Am hoping maybe you'll be able to shed some light on this for me or rather us (my husband and I). This is not a hoax and was a genuinely scary experience at the time. A few years back when we were living on the Isle of Wight in the UK my husband (who incidentally is completely sane, 40 years old and practices numerous martial arts) came home after cycling home from work in a state of blind panic. He'd been coming home in the early evening (so it wasn't completely dark yet) along a cycle track that runs through the woods when from a distance of about 50 metres he'd seen something standing by the edge of the track. He says he first started to slow down but as he got closer he saw that the "person" was no higher than the wheel of his bike. As he went past he got a very good look at the person. He described them as definitely male with short hair, very dark skin, a overly wide set jaw, extremely broad shoulder, long arms and big hands. The "person" had looked up at him as he cycled past and my husband says it's eyes almost glowed from within (ie it was not the effect of moonlight like when a car drives past a cat or dog. Also my husbands bike did not have lights). He said that he was gripped by an extreme fear and something in his instincts told him not to stop, that he wouldn't stand a chance, even though the person was smaller than him and he was capable of fighting in a normal situation. He says he's never cycled so ast in his life and I remember what a state he was in when he got home. All this time I've been on and off trying to find out what it could have perhaps been that he saw that night but so far I've hit a dead end. I just wanted to ask....have you ever heard of anyone seeing anything similar? We've talked about this at length and been through all the opions of "could it have been a very small human/other forest animal/ trick of the light? but he's convinced that it was not human in the conventional sense of the word and also that it did not mean well. Do you have any explanation or is my husband a bit do-lally?


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Posted 17 November 2012 - 04:59 PM

View Postkaringal, on 17 November 2012 - 04:49 PM, said:

Hi all! I'm new here and really need your help. I've been searching the web looking for answers and it lead me here. Am hoping maybe you'll be able to shed some light on this for me or rather us (my husband and I). This is not a hoax and was a genuinely scary experience at the time. A few years back when we were living on the Isle of Wight in the UK my husband (who incidentally is completely sane, 40 years old and practices numerous martial arts) came home after cycling home from work in a state of blind panic. He'd been coming home in the early evening (so it wasn't completely dark yet) along a cycle track that runs through the woods when from a distance of about 50 metres he'd seen something standing by the edge of the track. He says he first started to slow down but as he got closer he saw that the "person" was no higher than the wheel of his bike. As he went past he got a very good look at the person. He described them as definitely male with short hair, very dark skin, a overly wide set jaw, extremely broad shoulder, long arms and big hands. The "person" had looked up at him as he cycled past and my husband says it's eyes almost glowed from within (ie it was not the effect of moonlight like when a car drives past a cat or dog. Also my husbands bike did not have lights). He said that he was gripped by an extreme fear and something in his instincts told him not to stop, that he wouldn't stand a chance, even though the person was smaller than him and he was capable of fighting in a normal situation. He says he's never cycled so ast in his life and I remember what a state he was in when he got home. All this time I've been on and off trying to find out what it could have perhaps been that he saw that night but so far I've hit a dead end. I just wanted to ask....have you ever heard of anyone seeing anything similar? We've talked about this at length and been through all the opions of "could it have been a very small human/other forest animal/ trick of the light? but he's convinced that it was not human in the conventional sense of the word and also that it did not mean well. Do you have any explanation or is my husband a bit do-lally?

A midget walking along the side of the road to a night-out with friends dressed up to look creepy?


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Posted 17 November 2012 - 05:21 PM

View PostMr Right Wing, on 17 November 2012 - 04:59 PM, said:

A midget walking along the side of the road to a night-out with friends dressed up to look creepy?
Even midgets aren't that small :hmm:

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 05:32 PM

Yeah we did try thinking logically about this and midgets were brought up but my husband said the same; that even midgets are not as small as what he saw. He said that something about it gave him the impression it was somehow not human, even though it's features, arms legs etc were human like. Again, he's otherwise a totally rational levelheaded person not inclined to flights of fancy and it was totally out of character for him to be so shook up. I've never seen him like it since and I really believe he saw something that night he wasn't supposed to. But what?


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Posted 17 November 2012 - 05:38 PM

No idea.

Could it have been some kind of ape?

Don't ask me where an ape would have come from, though.


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Posted 17 November 2012 - 05:45 PM

A lost child?


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Posted 17 November 2012 - 06:17 PM

My first suggestion was also a small child but my husband got a really good look at it and he said the it was definitely an adult because of it's build and facial features etc. Also the location would rule out it being a child. the cycle path runs between one town and another and is pretty remote. It cuts through very thick woody forest area and (I like to hope anyway) no parent worth their salt would let their kids wander around down there. I think if it had even looked remotely like a child my husband would have stopped to help but the vibes he says he got in that split second were so malevolent that he just pedalled away as fast as he could without looking back. I don't think we'll ever know what it really was. Ive even looked into the history of the Isle of Wight hoping to find clues. I've heard or reports of inbreeding on the island hundreds of years ago. I've read apparently factual accounts of soldiers being sent to live on the island to"counteract" the inbreeding. I lived there for many years and it was a running joke that fathers day in the village of Wroxall was a nightmare:) There are also people who claim there's still a small village hidden somewhere on the island where this kind of stuff still goes on even today I did wonder if hundreds of years of this kind of behaviour could lead to some kind of genetic mutation which may lead to the thing my husband saw. I just don't know.......


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Posted 17 November 2012 - 06:21 PM

Where was your husband cycling?

"Isle of Wight

The troll trail between Merstone and Shide is well surfaced, traffic free, and perfect for children who love magic and trolls. The trail has troll carvings and other types of art for them to take in all along the trail - and a good excuse for a break as you all get your breath back."

http://www.newforest...New_Forest.html


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Posted 17 November 2012 - 06:28 PM

May i first say, tell your husband its dangerous to cycle at night without lights, even if its not completely dark yet.
Secondly, your husband practices numerous martial arts, this would have been an ideal time to put them into practice if needed.
Thirdly, I do hope it was not some lost child!!!

In an ideal World a law would be passed were NO guns were allowed and all those out there destroyed, trouble is the law makers are not going to take a risk of trying to pass that without making sure they are armed first.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 06:32 PM

View PostOld Man Waffles, on 17 November 2012 - 05:45 PM, said:

A lost child?


A lost, very ugly, child?  :lol:


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Posted 17 November 2012 - 06:42 PM

lol:) Yes it would have been easy if he'd been cycling the "troll trail". That would have explained everything. Unfortunately this was the Cowes- Newport cycle track which is a very bog standard paved track running through woods and by a river, so no troll carvings. (In some places there's not even very much tarmac:)


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Posted 17 November 2012 - 06:45 PM

View Postkaringal, on 17 November 2012 - 06:42 PM, said:

lol:) Yes it would have been easy if he'd been cycling the "troll trail". That would have explained everything. Unfortunately this was the Cowes- Newport cycle track which is a very bog standard paved track running through woods and by a river, so no troll carvings. (In some places there's not even very much tarmac:)
even more reason for your husband to get lights on his bike. :whistle:

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 06:46 PM

View PostLikely Guy, on 17 November 2012 - 06:21 PM, said:

Where was your husband cycling?

"Isle of Wight

The troll trail between Merstone and Shide is well surfaced, traffic free, and perfect for children who love magic and trolls. The trail has troll carvings and other types of art for them to take in all along the trail - and a good excuse for a break as you all get your breath back."

http://www.newforest...New_Forest.html

Blimey! I thought you'd stumbled on the answer there but all the pics I can find are of big troll heads only ..... sunk into the ground. Heads are about 2' tall and 2' wide.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 06:55 PM

View Postouija ouija, on 17 November 2012 - 06:46 PM, said:

Blimey! I thought you'd stumbled on the answer there but all the pics I can find are of big troll heads only ..... sunk into the ground. Heads are about 2' tall and 2' wide.
Yeah, i saw that, i reackon likely Lad is one of their reps. :unsure2:

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 07:21 PM

The most likely explanation to me would seem that due to the fact that your husband was on a moving bike, and the light was failing - he saw another more mundane woodland critter, but that since it was dark and approaching fast he couldn't immediately identify it and as a result his imagination got the better of him, intensifying what he actually saw into something more frightening and fantastic.

The truth is that since there is no photo or video to ponder, all of us are left to speculate on what it could be, which isn't going to take us down the road very far.

I think trolls, goblins, and the like are imaginary.  So the possibility that your husband saw something like that is highly unlikely to me.  Does he believe in paranormal things?





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