VIDEO: Austinites witness feral hogs roaming near eastside trail

“I mean, and then 22 [hogs] because me and Rachel are now basically hogs,” Clarkson said with a laugh. “I mean, when you start running with the hogs, I think you, therefore, become the hog.”

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Two Austin women took a ride on the wild side Thursday morning when they stumbled across a horde of feral hogs while biking along an east Austin trail.

Rachel Furnish and Rayne Clarkson were biking along the Southern Walnut Creek Trail Thursday morning as part of their weekly ride together. Out of the blue, Clarkson said the two saw a huge herd of feral hogs barreling ahead.

“Me and Rachel look at each other, and we’re like, ‘OK, let’s just haul it as fast as we can and go past the hogs,'” Clarkson said. “We start really picking up our speed, and we’re soaring, and the hogs all start running with us just as fast. And so all of us, we just became part of the herd with the hogs.”

The two estimated they spotted between 15 and 20 hogs on their ride — well, unless you count the two of them as part of the squad.

Clarkson said she’d previously seen hogs from a distance once before while out biking. The typical animal fare along rides usually leans a bit mellow, with deer, bunnies, cardinals and butterflies usually spotted along the trail.

Despite the unpredictability of the wild adventure, Furnish said she’s grateful Clarkson thought to capture the last few moments of the hogs zipping past along the trail to preserve the memory.

“I think it’s such a good memory,” Furnish said. “What a way to start the year, you know?”

As for Clarkson, she said it gave her an extra pep in her step this Thursday.

“It’s definitely a thrill,” she said. “We didn’t really need our morning coffee because the hogs just gave us that extra adrenaline that we really needed.”

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