Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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Almost hit a black bear last night.
Whenever I encounter something or see something interesting, the GoPro is never on, but here's the story.
I rode from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh over the weekend. Last night, I left Pittsburgh at 1AM to head back home. It's a 312 miles trip. I always plan to stop at Sideling Hill Service Plaza, which is 150 miles east of Pittsburgh and the most convenient stop for the route. More than 200 miles of the route is a bunch of altitude changes from going up and down mountains.
I'm cruising with the jellyfish on in the right lane at 70MPH along I-76E by myself just about 30-35 miles from the service plaza. I haven't seen or past a single car for the past 30-40 miles from either side of the turnpike. The road becomes a slight incline. I am looking dead straight ahead. There are no street lights and my Versys is the only source of light. Clouds were out and no moon light.
In a matter of nanoseconds, I noticed a black figure about ten or less feet in front of me running from the left lane into mine. I swerve right as best as I could, but I don't think I moved much giving my speed and how close the bear was. I managed to dodged a black bear with about less than a foot of clearance from its face and my left hand guard. My hi-beam lit up its face for a split second. I continued to ride off with a bunch of inappropriate words coming out of my helmet.
I thought about pulling over to call the nearest state trooper to report a bear on the road, but I didn't. I still regret it. I didn't know what else was in the area and if it was even safe to pull over and try to call them.
It's not much of a story, but I thought I'd share.