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post #1 of 6 Old 06-29-2018, 09:54 AM Thread Starter
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Bear in the road

We were riding the Blue Ridge Parkway yesterday and came across a bear in the road. No big surprise considering our location.

The issue we had was the people on the motorcycle in front of us. We had talked to them at an overlook a few miles back. Nice people. A husband and wife riding two up. They left the overlook before us and we caught up to them. They were running about about half our normal speed. They didn't seem to interested in letting us by but as it turned out, that was a good thing.

All off a sudden we come around a curve and there the bear is. They come to a crawl and were going to stop. Blind curve behind us. Bear in front. The women is digging for her cell to take a pic of the bear.

I'm 10 feet behind them with my wife the same distance behind me. The bear can't seem to decide what to do. It could run, hold it's ground or charge. The couple in front of me acted like it was in a zoo behind glass. We could have all rode around it but that wasn't their plan. They must have wanted to see if it was a "friendly" bear.

I quickly decided that the bear needed to go. It needed to understand that motorcycles, people and the road wasn't a fun place to hang out so I laid on the horn and revved the engine. That made up the bears mind that it was time to head for the hills. It ran down the road 20 feet or so and up a 75 degree incline into the woods.

I think I may have pissed the couple off by frightening the cute bear away but I felt that was the best thing for everyone involved, including the bear.

I bring this up so when this happens to you, you have a predetermined plan. I always chase wildlife off the road. I think the best thing to do is convince the animal that the road sucks. LOL

If you want a picture of a bear, download one from Google. Don't hang around and wait to see how sharp its' claws are.

We do the same with dogs. When one comes running down the yard at us, we've found that if we stop and yell at the dog "get in your own yard", the dog figures out that what was going to be fun, sucks and heads for the porch. Outrunning them just becomes a game to them and someday somebody gets hurt.

I had one dog once that always chased me. He wouldn't give up. A hand full of gravel cured that beast! Gravel at 60 MPH hurts! Game over!

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post #2 of 6 Old 06-29-2018, 06:45 PM
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Dogs used to chase me on my bicycle as a kid. Now if it happens I chase them. More than one has gotten the shit kicked.

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post #3 of 6 Old 07-02-2018, 05:16 PM
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i hate people blocking the road to take wildlife pictures, creates a dangerous situation on every level.

I was in my truck on the highway and some mountain sheep were on the road, people pulled over everywhere, kids running into freeway traffic, people trying to feed the sheep.....
I crawl through but I have a sheep licking the road blocking me... SO I honk the horn.. it looks at me goes back to licking the road... lay on the horn again.. doesn't even look up... people are yelling at me, pounding my windows with their firsts telling me to stop honking.
So I crawl forward give the sheep a bump with the bush guard.. it hops back looks ready to fight my truck, another roll forward and it decides to move onto the shoulder... great now I just have to deal with the angry people hitting my truck. Crack the window, yell at them to **** off, its a highway go 30km down the road to the national park if they want to see wildlife. had to slow role to get away from them, people taking pictures of my plates... I can only imagine what they would try to do to a truck that would have just run the sheep over...

I guess on a bike you have to be super aggressive...because if the animal decides your meek and want to chase you off, your ****ed.

Just remember with beers.. if they are facing away from you, and you charge them they will run... even grizzlies... if they are facing you they will more often than not hold their ground unless you are a lot bigger then them (full sized vehicle)

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post #4 of 6 Old 07-03-2018, 07:51 AM
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You did right. We were in Damascus riding the creeper trail this weekend. No bears but some damn nice looking leg.
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post #5 of 6 Old 07-04-2018, 04:27 PM
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Originally Posted by TechNeck View Post
Just remember with beers.. if they are facing away from you, and you charge them they will run... if they are facing you they will more often than not hold their ground unless you are a lot bigger then them
I don't care which way those beers are facing.... they don't stand a chance!

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post #6 of 6 Old 07-05-2018, 10:02 AM
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Yeah I don't know Toney - if someone wants to hang around and play with the wild bear, I say that person is awfully deserving of the gene pool cleansing that is about to happen. And we'll be a better species for it.

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