Unfortunately I think confrontations like that are on the increase. And for us old guys, we cannot get physically involved and risk injury or worse. But we can be a witness. And make note of physical descriptions, time of day, license numbers, etc.
Many Chicago cyclists are now riding with Go-Pro cameras recording every minute of their ride. And posting confrontations which escalate into violence on various websites. If you continue to do such long rides on city streets, you might wish to consider a Go-Pro yourself. I've given them as gifts...not too expensive.
Good perspective & advice - thanks
But nice 3-hour ride. Do you have any idea how far you rode? And why is that one of your favorite rides? Just because you hit so many parks?
about 36 miles - a couple hills.
Leave from home, lots of bike trails and parks. Maybe 1/2 on roads but they tend to be wide and have light midday traffic.
That certainly qualifies as 'really weird'. how'd the woman react?
Startled but guy never left middle of street and quickly got back in van [side sliding door, not the driver]. I stopped, looked over my shoulder, she just continued walking, and van was gone. Young couple approached me thinking that I was the 'target'. "No, the woman & dog."
Well since the van left without a confrontation, there was no reason to call 911. Do you bike with a cell phone, just in case? Who knows? They might have been after your bike! Those side-sliding vans are popular with the 'grab & run' crowd.