Pedaling with AnimalsSharon Boyd, Co-Editor
Recently Terre Topp and Connie Miller were riding the trails in Rockrimmon and observed the Red-tailed Hawk featured in the photo with this article enjoying snake for lunch! Let’s consider this for a minute.
Many of us think of cycling in terms of being an enjoyable sport, providing a mechanism for exercising, challenging our limits (think hill climbs!) and as a mode of transportation. However, surrounded as we are by this beautiful Colorado environment, we have the opportunity to observe and sometimes interact with the natural world through which we’re two wheeling. Sometimes these interactions are subtle, and other times not so subtle. Think of the hawk interaction with the pre-inaugural Colorado Springs 100 that was noted in the last issue of the Bent Fork.
And, I’m reminded of another nature interface on a club sponsored ride years ago. In the late 90’s Mike and Fawn Remington sponsored a Tarryall Camp and Mountain Bike event. Dale and I were about halfway through the ride, pedaling along a dirt road between two paved sections of the ride. About 50 yards in front of us, a catlike animal stopped in the middle of the road and looked at us. Immediately coming to a stop, we both had an astonished look as we realized that we had encountered a mountain lion crossing our route. In 20 years of riding in Colorado, that the only puma we’ve seen in the wild.
Terre and Connie’s encounter is just a most recent example of Nature in Your Face situation that can happen while enjoying cycling in Colorado. Do you have a encounter with nature story or picture to share? Email the Editors.