Nfld. & Labrador

Gander motorcyclist gaining views after near-miss with moose

Adam Cahill took off his motorcycle helmet on Saturday afternoon, sat on his patio and drank a beer, trying to calm his nerves after his second near-miss with a moose in a week.
Gander motorcyclist Adam Cahill nearly hit a moose on the highway in central Newfoundland over the weekend. He caught the incident on camera. 0:46

Adam Cahill took off his motorcycle helmet on Saturday afternoon, sat on his patio and drank a beer, trying to calm his nerves after his second near-miss with a moose in a week.

Following the first close call near Appleton, Nfld., Cahill decided to never again leave the house without his trusty helmet camera.

And it was that camera that captured the Gander man's excited shrieks over the weekend as he edged out yet another moose by mere feet while out for a ride.

"It's pretty wild," Cahill told CBC News Monday. "I tell ya, I go out moose-hunting or anything like that and I won't see a frigging thing. I go out on motorcycle and I'll see two in a week."

Adam Cahill nearly hit a moose on the Trans-Canada Highway, between Cobham Street and Cooper Boulevard in Gander. (Courtesy of Adam Cahill)

Cahill was driving his bike Saturday along the Trans-Canada Highway, near the Cooper Boulevard turnoff, when he caught sight of a moose coming up the embankment on the side of the road.

He hollered out a pair of expletives before swerving to his left, edging closer to an oncoming pickup truck.

With a bit of luck and a masterful manoeuvre, he avoided both the moose and truck by the slimmest of margins.

I almost took the biggest bite out of a moose burger I ever ate.- Adam  Cahill

Just one second later, Cahill breaks out into excited laughter, screaming curse words at the top of his lungs. 

It's been 48 hours, but Cahill still gets giddy when talking about his eventful ride around Gander on the weekend. Once the adrenaline burned off, he realized just how lucky he was.

"Everything was at the right moment for me to miss it, that's for sure," he said. "[The motorcycle] was definitely what I needed to be on by that point. If I was in my jeep, I figure I woulda cracked him for sure."

Soon after his close encounter, Cahill uploaded a video of the near-miss to Facebook. By Monday evening, it had racked up nearly 30,000 views and hundreds of shares.

'They can come out of anywhere'

Cahill, who's a paramedic, said he'll be keeping his focus sharp from now on to avoid becoming a patient instead.

"You definitely gotta keep your eyes open," he said. "I didn't expect to see any moose where I was. I didn't even have my coat on, or anything like that. I was just out in a hoodie, bombing around town ... They can come out of anywhere."

Meanwhile, the video continues to rack up views and comments online — most of them directed at his comical reaction to the terrifying situation.

"I almost took the biggest bite out of a moose burger I ever ate," Cahill laughed. "I was definitely not thinking about my language, that's for sure."

And when he decides to go hunting again, he just might bring his lucky — or unlucky — bike.

"I'll have to put my rifle on my back in the fall."