Today I had a bear encounter when cycling in Canada. People often ask me what is the best thing to do if there are bears on a bicycle tour. The answer is to cycle away!
What to do about bears on a bike tour
With 120 km's to do, it was always going to be a long day, but actually, it went pretty easily. There were a few climbs but nothing major, although today was bear day.
I had decided to free camp 20 km's short of Bell 2 resort to save some money, and I'd found an ideal spot. Just as I was about to unpack though, a bear wandered into the road, and I found it prudent to move on.
The 20 km's to Bell 2 passed quickly until I was literally 500 metres from the place, where another bear was sitting on the side of the road. There wasn't a lot I could do until he cleared off… apart from taking photographs of course.
Bell 2 in Canada
Don't panic, they were long distance, and I've done my best to blow them up. Eventually I got into Bell 2, and set up out the back. It was a bit pricey for what it was, but of course, bear free.
I got chatting with the girls who worked there, and found a few things out about the area, but more importantly, found out there was a buffet breakfast in the morning between 8 and 10. That was going to get hammered!!!
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