Bikes Bears Brockway

LOVED the prompt for this week from Carrot Ranch as this very real incident could have cost my husband his life, if not for the quick thinking of our tour guides, Mike & Libby Roland. If you want to visit the Keweenaw in Michigan, keep in mind that it IS the bear’s country first and you are merely a guest. (it’s better that way)

Michigan Bicycle Touring was escorting us through the Keweenaw Peninsula that year. Filled with breathtaking scenery and the peace one longs for.

Oh, and bears!

I was in the “sag wagon” being hauled to the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge in style, my husband was on his bike climbing Brockway Mountain.

That’s when we saw the cubs.

Cubs to the right of us, mamma to the left, and Danny behind, unknowingly heading for disaster.

Quickly, we placed ourselves between the bears, opened the sliding door of the van, slowed down, and pulled Dan in, bike and all. Bearly averting a crisis.

©2019 Annette Rochelle Aben

29 responses to “Bikes Bears Brockway

  1. Margot Kinberg

    Wow! What a story!And such great imagery!

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    • Thank you, Margot. If it weren’t for a Woody Herman concert going on that evening, I am certain we’d have spent it drunk as skunks. We actually started drinking, then heard about the concert from a waiter and talked several of the other bikers into going. We will never be sure if they felt sorry for us or really wanted to hear some great jazz!

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  2. Oh, my! Nothing worse than coming between a momma and her cubs. Good thing you were nearby to save hubby!

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  3. Well done, Annette. This is very entertaining.

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  4. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord Blog Magazine and commented:
    A breath taking and dare devil response to this week’s Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction challenge….there be bears on Brockway Mountain…head over to Annette Rochelle Aben to check it out.

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  5. So, that is a very good take to that prompt!!

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  6. That’s one bear of a story!!

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  7. Great story! Brockway Mountain…the lookout spot over Copper Harbor or the very top… two of the prettiest places on earth! I lived in Laurium for many years and often visited that area. Although I did see bears, they weren’t on the mountain, itself. There was an adorable fox family at the lookout area. one year, that I’ll never forget!

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  8. A great story Annette! Thank you for telling. More than one bear could be difficult, but some years ago here in Bavaria we only got one emigrant from Austria – only one – and most of our politicans got a crisis, and let shot him dead. ;-( Michael

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  9. Wow! Scary! I loved this story. I’m so happy it has a happy ending. Phew!
    ❤ xo

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  10. Ha, ha. I can see how a situation like that can shut someone up.

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  11. Loved this one, Annette. And it’s a BOTS? Scary!


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