You're right. Average speeds for both are around 25-35 mph, and the fastest racehorse went about 44 mph. Bears have been clocked at 28 mph and sustaining that for two miles. It seemed to me that horses would be faster and have more endurance, but apparently bears are close in the speed department.
Usually not. Maybe there are some specific context concerning compass directions where you could find a possibility to translate it like that (the only one I can think of at the moment is something like "into the setting sun" which might by translated as "dem Sonnenuntergang entgegen").
Ah, German Duolingo, I have missed you. If for nothing else, then for this kind of sentences. The Spanish one is way too non-surreal for my liking.
The funniest part is that I have put on some Skyrim music and was like, "Okay, now I´m gonna get all cool and tranquil, you know, go into some places deep, internally. Down to where my Nordic roots resign. To where the mind finds serenity and the soul finds power. The magical, beautiful place of wonder, where everything comes from and to where everything will go.
The Source of all Creation, the Fatherland of Heavens and Earth, where the winds hit hard against the mountains, and I stand there, alone and all-present, Spirit against Eternity and... Duo: Bear against horse.