So I did the Blackstar to Sierra Peak ride this afternoon, and heading back from Sierra Peak and a mile from Beeks when I hear something behind me. I looked to my left, looking for the shadow and I saw what I thought was a dog running right behind me.
The following sequence of thoughts and brain processing happened in about 1/2 second.
When I heard the sound, I first thought 1) it was odd for a biker to be catching up to me, as we hadn't passed anybody going to or from Sierra Peak - my son and I were the only ones on that trail.
Then I saw the shadow of a "dog" running right next to me. I was going about 15 mph on a relatively flat section. Second thought: What's a dog doing out here on this road? Also, see thought # 1 above where I knew we were the only ones on that trail.
So I turned around and there's an average sized coyote running with me, with his head at my rear wheel, about 1 foot from my right calf. Licking his chops, no doubt.
I yelled "whoa", and he backed off and stopped. I turned and continued pedaling, with some serious adrenaline, and thought he was done with me. Unfortunately not.
100 yards later, I see the shadow coming up on me again, so I yelled again, and this time he stopped for good. Fortunately, as I now had a hill to climb and there was no way I could outpedal him.
My son was way ahead, so I had visions of him waiting for me at Beeks, only to come back a mile or so and find his me mauled in a ditch by a coyote or pack of coyotes. What a lousy way to go. A mountain lion would be quicker and a better way to meet my Maker for sure.
I kept alert the rest of the way to Beeks, as I've heard of coyotes hunting in packs and trapping their prey, so I wasn't sure if I'd see a few ahead of me just waiting.
Anyways, that was a scare that I've never experienced before nor have I heard of a close call of this nature with a coyote. Very aggressive and bold behavior.
So has anybody else experienced a close call with a coyote or heard of this? Is it because they're very hungry?