Lil' Mountain Biker

Clive and I went mountain biking this morning at Veteran's. We went a couple weeks ago, too, but I never got around to sharing it on the blog. But this morning, we set out for some father-son dirt time before work.

Last night I bought him a cheapo water bladder to put in his little Kelty backpack. He thought he was super hard-core with his hydration system. Those little things make a kid feel like a super hero. I love that enthusiasm.
He's a great rider. Today he said, "Dad, you have to pedal up those hills. That's hard. But you get to ride real fast down the other side." Yep. You got it, Clive. In the photo above, the exposed tongue is a sign of his concentration. He kills it on the descents. On the climbs, I slow down a bit and have to wait on him. But he hangs with me on the downhill... with a bit too much reckless abandon, I might add.
A slight detour to look at the creek. For the first thirty minutes he wanted to "head to water to try and spot some frogs." Here he is trying it with an aerial view.
I packed him some donuts to eat in the woods. Quote of the day right here. "I like mountain biking. Because you just sit on the ground to eat your donuts." Yes, son. That's why we ride mountain bikes.
And this is Clive saying, "Can we stop taking pictures and keep riding?" I like the cut of his jib.

I'm loving how much he's into this. He screams and hoots and hollers on the ride. The enthusiasm really gets me pumped for his future on the bike. And as of now he's on a coaster brake single speed. But it'll be so much fun to teach him the ins and outs of riding a real mountain bike when the time comes. For now, though, I'll soak up these awesome dad moments.

Get out there.


Perfect Conditions

Perfect conditions for a dirt ride today. Sunny, mid 70's and an ever-so-slightly stickiness to the trails.
It was a brief lunch ride. But when the opportunity was there, I was hammering it out. Felt great.

Get out there.


I'm Alive and Well

It's been three weeks since I've been on the blog. I've ridden my normal amount of mileage (minus a few days in Haiti last week) but I just haven't been public with the rides. This week I've been rocking the single speed Cross Check.

Get out there.


Fish n' Bikes

I had a chance to take the Troll on a little fishing trip over lunch. The idea was to skip the regular MTB experience and embrace some outdoors time through a different experience.
Recent rain makes the normal MTB ride unridable. It's just too sloppy. But slowly plodding along on the Troll's fat tires make fishing destinations attainable.
I sat the reel down in the bottle cage and just ran the pole out the front. Attaching it with my watch.
No small strap? No problem. The watch'll do.
Bike joust, anyone?

I didn't catch anything and I lost a record breaking three lures. But it was nice to get out. I fish more for the atmosphere than the catch. Most of my outdoor activities are more active. Fishing is a nice way to get outside and not move around too much!

Get out there.