Sunday, January 20, 2013

Annual Bear Claw ride

So January 7th marked the 1yr anniversary of finding "The Hand" so it only made sense to re-ride the same route that we did 1yr ago when we found "The Hand."  For those of you that do not know what I am talking about I will fill you in.

A year ago some of my buddies and I were doing a ride around Atwood lake when we came across a hand lying on the side of the road.  Needless to say we were shocked and thinking we came across evidence of a murder so we quickly called 911.  For the remainder of that 3hr ride all we talked about was what possibly could have went down.  And then the next day the following article hits the newspaper:

MAGNOLIA — A hand found Saturday afternoon in Carroll County by a bicyclist most likely is that of a bear, not a human.

Sheriff Dale Williams said the hand was found about 1,000 feet north of Magnolia on state Route 542, near Heritage Road.

“It’s probably a bear, but it looks like a human hand. It really does,”he said.

Stark County Coroner’s investigator Rick Walters concurred, although Coroner P.S. Murthy had not made a ruling as of Sunday night.

He said a bear hand, although different in design, does resemble a human hand.

“We get these all the time, all winter long,” said Walters.

He said most of the time, they are the remnants of a bear hunt. After the bear is cleaned, the hand may get carried off by a dog or wild animal.

“It’s not uncommon at all,” he said.

I felt pretty stupid after reading the article, but it really did look like a human hand.  The only thing that we didn't notice while inspecting the hand was that it had 6 fingers.  Opps. 

So on Saturday, January 12th my buddies and me rode the exact same route and laughed about what had happened one year early.