The Bear ride, Damascus TN.
Had a good ride today, Va Highway 58 West from Galax to Abingdon TN then 421 from near Bristol to Mtn City on the part of US 421 called "The Snake", 489 turns in 33 miles and all that. I told gr8bigdude even though it was an great ride, more turns and switchbacks than we could count, what we'd remember was the bear.
Coming down 58 into Damascus TN, gr8bigdude was out ahead when a small bear ran across the road in front of him. He can say how close but close enough for sure. Too quick to have gotten a picture but it was pretty unusual. May not seem to be a big deal, it is the mountains and that's where they live, just not accustomed to seeing them cross the road so close to 2 Harleys bellowing down the mountain.
Now the guy in the pickup pulling a horse trailer that pulled out of a drive way in a blind curve in front of us is another story altogether.
I'll be ready to go back soon, run the route in the opposite direction...and watch for bears.