You know they're there. I pack pepper spray much of the year, just in case.
But it is rare that you get a good look at one.
I was cruising down the bike path, over the South Fork Campbell Creek bridge, with Allman when we spotted something moving through the grass below us. At first glance I thought it was a young moose (a relatively common sight). A second glance confirmed it was a shaggy brown bear (grizzly, if you will) out on the town.
Unfortunately the squeal of disk brakes spooked it a bit, but not before we got a good look.
Pretty cool to see such a massive wild animal from a safe vantage point when you're out riding around at 11:30pm.
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