Thursday, June 3, 2010

Does a bear shit in the woods?

My Dad had been visiting with us for the past couple of weeks. I had to drive him back home over the holiday weekend so I wanted to stop over in NJ to visit my friend Rich and his wife Katie. Thught it would be a great opportunity to ride too. So on Monday he and I drove over to Ringwood Sate Park. Hadn't been there in 10 years so I was stoked to go. We didn't really know the trails and the maps we had sucked but we found some good sections but there was lots of climbing.So about 3 plus hours into the ride we are really starting to feel it but we finally found the Skyline trail which is supposed to be one of the best trails in there and it did not disappoint. I only wish we had hit this wen we were fresh. So we finally figure out which way is back to where we parked and were finally getting into riding the trail when I come around a corner and BAM! There's a black bear on the trail...with two cubs...and there all about 15 feet in front of me. "HOLY SHIT! HOLY SHIT! HOLY SHIT!" Must have said it a few times "...an effing black bear with cubs, go back...go back!!" I told Rich. I have never been more ready to shit my pants than right then. Then we had to back track the difficult terrain with our bikes between us and the bears. We waited a few minutes and watched them move off up the hill. With a huge sigh of relief we moved on back the way we were going and made sure to hoot and holler the rest of the way. For while we were still on our toes and vigilant but eventually we relaxed and laughed about the whole thing. Rich asked me "Does a bear shit in the woods?" and I told him I wasn't going to stick around to find out. In the end I guess that's what mountain biking is supposed to be...fun and memorable.