Saturday, July 24, 2010

mud, bugs and bears*

After a rainy Tuesday, the Wednesday ride was bound to be muddy.

The large gang of Divas divided into two smaller groups. I rode with Lori's group which took up a steady, brisk pace to keep us warm as we made a loop around the Campbell Tract, then to Hillside and the rooty, muddy descent which is Black Bear Trail. We fended off the mid-summer mosquitoes where ever we took breaks, but we didn't take many breaks...

the photo taken a week ago on Rover's Run.

Early on, a couple people suggested that we not ride Rover's Run (aka Mellen's Way). Hadn't we heard about the photo? Uh, no... While our group opted to not take that particular trail, the second group, led by Katherine, rode the lower portion of the trail. Guess they didn't worry about (or even see) the photo and story that had appeared that day in the online version of the Daily News that said people should avoid the trail. (The publicity may explain the guy at the trailhead with a pistol on his hip.)

Well, a group of 8 or so women whooping it up as they splash through the mud puddles will probably cause any sensible bear to make a hasty get-away, leading her cubs along to safety. Is it any surprise that no bears were spotted? Diva legs, arms and faces, however, were spotted, streaked and splashed with mud! I guess it really is late July.

Lori's group at the intersection of Black Bear & Moose Meadow trails.
No bears here!.

*This story has a small revision because I don't want to imply that people saw the story in the online version of the newspaper and carelessly rode the trail anyway. Most of us (including the poster) had not seen the story until after the ride.

posted by Rose


Alaska's Dirt said...

I think I directly asked what you thought about taking Rovers, and you shugged? Hum.....

Alaska's Dirt said...

Also......the article warned about staying away from Viewpoint and Moose's Meadow trails, which I believe both groups rode that evening.

.....I did ask everyone about what they thought about going down Rovers. I guess we did what we wanted - reflecting the Alaskan independent spirit, but to say we didn't care - it just ain't true!

bikegirl said...

Oh, Katherine. Not didn't care; didn't worry. (Maybe some did?) Had I been w/your group, I would have ridden that trail, but one of our riders promised her partner that she wouldn't ride that particular trail so we wanted to honor that promise...

Even after seeing the pic, I still think that the more we use this trail - esp. in groups - and the noisier we are, the lower the chances of running into the bears.

Hope to see you on Wed!


Bonnie said...

Such a nice summary of our evening Rose! I just love riding with the Divas--always adventurous and exciting! Dirt Diva Bonnie