This morning on my ride I was right at 8 miles in pedaling away to my longest ride ever, 30 miles, I came across something that got me to thinking. I was out near some fields and brush country, brush to my right and a large corn field to my left. I had a couple of vehicles pass me about a mile back and so I was all alone at this point. I see up ahead what looked like pit bull, big tan sucker moving across the road but not looking my way. I thought "oh crap, the race will be on shortly", but the closer I got I could tell it was not a dog. The thing crawled under a brand new fence along the corn field and was walking slowly towards the corn. I was close enough now to see it was a large male bobcat, biggest I have ever seen, and his coat was beautiful. When I came along side him, maybe 20 yards between us, I whistled and he swung around, saw how close I was and bolted into the corn. I guess he didn't notice me because there was a guy installing a gate in the new fence about a mile down and he was watching him, flat area you can see for miles. I have seen several bobcats in my day, trapped and killed a few, but I have never seen one just out and about like that, really pretty animals. This got me to thinking about how lucky we are sometimes as cyclist we get to see the world in a different light than most others. Anyone else come across things like this that make you go, wow how lucky am I?