You’re probably getting sick of hearing about bears and hopefully soon I won’t be running into them and can write about other adventures, but not yet. Yesterday’s long run (20km) had no serious bear run-ins, unless you count the one Kobi chased away. She’s my hero. Here’s how it all started…
The night before this run I was laying awake in bed trying to think of a route that was outside on trails, would be somewhat safe from bears, and would afford Kobi some off-leash time. It didn’t help that two of our neighbors had just called to warn us of bears in the neighborhood.
I landed on running in the area where I live (regardless of the phone calls). There are ATV trails worn in beside the roads and some gravel roads that are okay to run (if all the other neighborhood dogs aren’t up yet). I also thought being close to a road would be safer as someone is bound to drive by at some point. The only issue is there is a 1.5km section of lonely road/trail that I have to run through to get to more populated areas, and of course, this is where all the bears like to hang out.
We had no problems at the start of our run. It was the last 5km that were quite exciting. That was when the very sweet truck driver stopped and warned me that he had seen a bear about 15 minutes ago. Not 1km later (in the 1.5km section of no-man’s land) I smelled the most horrible smell ever. If you have ever smelled a bear you will never forget it, kind of like skunk, cat pee, and something dead for a long time.
Kobi then proceeded to see the bear and bark and chase it into the woods. I think I let out a loud expletive and then I know I really picked up the pace. I only had 4 km to go and really wanted to get this run done.
Why must I run knowing there are bears all over the place? Three reasons: 1) because they aren’t as bad as Velociraptors, thank God those are extinct, 2) I imagine I’m the star of a cool reality television show, except it would be hard for a camera crew to run behind me and the video would be bouncy and likely cause motion sickness when viewed, and 3) it wears Kobi out and I get a break from entertaining her all day long. I can hardly wait for Monday’s run.