Rather than fight the brutal heat today, I waited til about 7:00 p.m. and took a spin along the Skyline Drive. I don't usually ride there, but I bought an annual pass earlier this year, and I live about 20 miles away.
The ride was quite lovely, with scenic overlooks, deer grazing along the roadway. As I came around a bend, I spotted a black bear sittng by the side of the road eating berries. I stopped around 20 paces from him.
I can't remember hearing of a black bear ever attacking anyone in my 20 years of living in Virginia, and I wasn't really worried, but I did feel a little tingle of excitement. He, however, didn't appear to be excited at all. He just looked at me sleepily for 10 or 15 seconds, and then wandered into the woods.