Saturday, August 13, 2005

Why sit in traffic?

Some mornings are just too perfect for going inside when I get to the office, and this was one of them. This lake is two blocks behind my office and is bordered on the far shore by a paved bike path that is part of my ride to work. I sometimes throw my lunch in a rack trunk and ride here for an hour in the middle of the day. A co-worker rode by this spot on her way home one day this week and saw a moose swimming across the lake. I was only five minutes behind her, but it was gone when I passed by.

On the other hand, I did get to see a large brown bear during a trail ride last night. I was riding with a friend who crashed on an exposed tree root and knocked her handlebar out of alignment. Rather than fix it in the woods, where the mosquitoes were thick, we rode a short distance ahead and stopped in an open area beside a creek. As I finished adjusting her bar, my friend said, "Oh my God, that's a BIG BEAR!" I spun around in the direction she was looking and saw an adult brownie in the grass on the other side of the creek. It was a nearly perfect bear sighting: close range, fairly good visibility despite the tall grass and, best of all, by the time I saw it, the bear was already starting to run the other way. Can't ask for more than that.


Sam Douglas said...

Hehe. Do you bring bear spray or anything with you when you cycle near 'bear country?'
should be a clip to attach bear spray to a bike frame - much like a spare pump...
Seems to me you would look like a bucket of KFC on wheels to a bear :)

Tim said...

I have a bottle of bear spray glued into a cut-up water bottle so that I can carry it in a bottle cage on my bike frame. Of course, last night was the night I decided to travel light and leave my Camelbak at home, so I stuck a bottle of water in the cage and left the bear spray on the workbench in my garage.