Saw a Black Bear on yesterday’s road ride!
Yesterday morning as I was nearing the end of my 50 mile ride, a black bear ran across the road in front of me–in my own subdivision!
After turning into my subdivision I was riding along when I spotted an animal moving up ahead on the right-hand side of the road. I figured it was a dog and–depending its demeanor–was prepared to stop or sprint, but as I drew a little closer to the animal it became clear that the size and movement was decidedly un-doglike. As the animal lumbered across the road in front of me, I quickly realized that it was a black bear!
Here are a couple of screen captures:
Some of my neighbors have reported seeing black bears in our neighborhood, so I know they are around, but this is the first time I’ve seen one in my own “backyard”. I have spotted a black bear once before on a road ride, and also had a thrilling, but slightly scary, encounter with a huge black bear (about twice the size of the one I saw yesterday) while mountain biking a few years back. So that mean I’ve officially seen more black bears on road rides than I have while mountain biking.
If you’re wondering what happened, here’s the video (watch on Youtube in 1080p for best quality):