So we’re riding along this amazingly flat road in the Ogilvie River valley (usually we’re pedalling up a hill or flying down one), the weather is nice (no thunderstorms and no crazy hot temps) and a wolf decides to make this a very memorable day for us.
Nyle was riding not too far in front of me when one of the many highway maintenance guys coming from the other direction stopped beside me to let me know… there is a wolf following me.
We would later learn that wolves are long distance runners, so he/ she could have followed us for quite a while. I am glad we hitched a ride, it was a wise decision to get out of that area. We also learned there was a large male grizzly in the area, not an animal I wanted to meet personally. It was fascinating and scary at the same time to be chased by a wolf (apparently a timber wolf), although I wish my first encounter with a wolf would have been a littler less exciting. I did talk to a conservation officer after the encounter and he ensured me that this is very non-typical, aggressive behaviour for a wolf and that we did everything right. I am glad the ‘officials’ know about that animal now and can warn other cyclists about that area (km 158, about 10 km South of the Engineer Creek Campground).
On a positive note, we had a great time at the Tombstone Campground. Especially when the Interpretive Centre staff put on a potluck dinner around the fire circle. We hadn’t seen so much food in a while. As you can imagine, we took full advantage of it! From homemade pickled beets, to grilled veggies, fresh banana bread to corn on the cob and quesadillas, it was Christmas in July. We also made some amazing new friends, Katy and Michael from Denver, Colorado in Tombstone. They are also on a one year (and a bit) mission, so we had lots to talk and laugh about. Can’t wait to catch up with them again somewhere down the road.