Monday, April 14, 2008

Mountain Biking Season

Well… This crank here is going to be spinning down the trails quite a bit this summer! Last summer, I was unable to spend much time on my mountain bike but this summer is going to be different.

This spring, I started out earlier than normal by hitting the country roads instead of the trails which were still snow covered in some areas. The air, though still a little frosty, was unable to deter me from hopping onto the saddle and testing out my winter weary legs. I should have worn a warmer pair of biking gloves along with my green winter hat the other day but I was optimistic that I could simply wear a baseball hat along with my fingerless gloves. I arrived home a little colder than expected but the experience was enough to get me excited for the next ten or twenty kilometres I was planning to travel the next day.

To me, there is nothing more invigorating than wheeling down the trails with nothing but my thoughts to carry me along the way. The time alone helps me to think and to sort out the muddle that goes on in my mind throughout the busy winter season. It gives me the opportunity to breathe easy and lower my blood pressure enough for me to head home afterwards satisfied that I have accomplished something more than travel a certain distance.

So… If, throughout the summer, you don’t see me here as much as I usually am, just imagine me flying down those trails enjoying the sun, enjoying the breeze and enjoying the summer! Rest assured that these rides will certainly produce a few photos that I have no doubt will share with you.

Am I ever glad the winter is over!

41 comments:

Greeneyes said...

You lucky Guy you , Hope you take us along on a few of those rides , well at least in your head LOL ENJoY , and by the way who said winter is over , it is snowing here!!!!!!I got gypt!!!!!
BRRRRRRRRR. . I use to live in TO. long ago as a child , next to riverdale park when they had the zoo there before it was moved to where it is now , Gosh I remember the warm weather, the swimming etc seems like a million years ago now I live in the ICEAGE!!!!LOL
ENJOY , I know I would :)
Take care

Greeneyes

Sunil said...

That sounds very interesting. I've a mountain bike too & as i live in the hilly areas i need not separately plan for any trip.:D

Waiting for the photographs.

Have a nice time. :)

geewits said...

Ha! And you said I made you feel old. Ha!

Aerin said...

Wait. You Canucks don't have winter year 'round???




:)

Sandy said...

...and off he goes...flying down the trail..

Sure wish I could ride a bike again. Well I probably could, just haven't tried it..

s

Akelamalu said...

I struggle on an exercise bike! Happy cycling Dave. :)

Hammer said...

Makes me want to get back on a bike!

FANCY said...

Lucky you...Living on and in life...that is my stile...ok ok I have send Aerosmith on a long song writing lesson...*LOL*...

GMG said...

Never was too keen on bikes; and even less on mountain ones... ;
Anyhow, hope you enjoy your summer rides...
Thanks for your comments at Blogtrotter
Wish you have a great week!

Dr.John said...

Enjoy the ride.

Janice Thomson said...

That's funny Dave - I posted the same thing in the comment section of my last post. It's too nice to be inside attached to a computer. Happy trails! :)

allan said...

I once tried mountain biking in Japan, they have very nice trails in the city where I stayed. I liked it a lot that I planned to get a bike for the longest time already :). I just can't put down my camera at the moment :)

Inside our hands, outside our hearts said...

Nice. I can already imagine your flying by with your arms outstretched , and the largest smile upon your face. Enjoy yourself.


Soft love,
T

monsoon-dreams said...

dave,
i can imagine your excitement:-)
life is made of simple things,and i am glad that you have realised it.have a wonderful time,friend!dont forget to post snaps.

SQT said...

I have a hybrid bike I go out on when I can. We're too much in the city to find many mountain biking trails, but I suppose dodging cars is its own brand of excitement. Don't like the exhaust though.

Jocelyn said...

Oh, you've lit a fire in me! I just went to the Y and did a 76 minute ride on one of the spinning bikes today (um, why it was 76 minutes, I don't really know), but this post makes me want the mud and snow to go away, so I can hit the roads and trails!

Greg C said...

Just be careful I tell you. A friend of mine just got into a bike accident in the mountains and was hurt badly. He is recovering but it could have been worse.

Portia said...

I am right there with you in celebration of spring! Have a great time out there on your bike and we will look forward to the pictures you will bring back with you:)

Stacey said...

Hi Dave,
I can not even ride on four wheels let alone two (lol);)
Relax, enjoy and go where the wind takes you! :¬)

aims said...

I'm trying to picture where you might be riding back in my home province.

I'm hoping you'll give us a post on that.

It is snowing here today and they expect it to keep up for the next 3! What is up with that?? Of course - it has been known to snow every month of the year here in Alberta - especially where I live. Sigh.

the donG said...

looking forward to see your photos. i also bike almost everyday.

BBC said...

I only ride my old 3 speed on the Olympic Hiking trail, not in the country or mountains. Much of the country around here is National Part land and bikes are not allowed on the trails.

I intend on doing a lot of camping this summer, but I'll still do a lot of blogging also.

Happy trails, Dave.

Proxima Blue said...

Are you going to take a blogging hiatus this summer like you did last year?

Mountain biking is very popular around here. Have fun!

-P

Sapna Anu B.George said...

Great to meet you and your blog here

alicesg said...

Yipee, snow is over for you. Glad you are going biking. Have a nice trip and enjoy yourself. :)

Jazz said...

Am I ever glad the winter is over!

You and me both Dude, you and me both!

Lawstude said...

I am just red in envy here thinking that you will have time of your life under the sun. But wait... instead of being envious, i decided to enjoy the summer and have a road trip of my own.

Have a safe trip dave and enjoy your ride. i'll be checking this blog for the updates of your bike ride.

monsoon-dreams said...

hey,
get outta that mountain bike and do blog once in a while.miss your posts,dave.

Gypsy said...

Will miss your smiling face around the place Dave but good for you for pursuing the fresh air and the great outdoors. Be safe and happy cycling.

David Kim said...

Have fun zooming down the trails! I will join you in spirit by mountain biking in the trails of Southern California.

Mother of Invention said...

Hasn't this weather been fabulous for biking and walking? Wish my knees would get better bit once I get my brace I might try out my bike! There are 10 miles of trail at Base Borden nearby that's easy enough for me. I bike and my husband roller-skis or runs!

citizen of the world said...

I hope to get some biking in, too! Hope you have a blast.

Wanda said...

We brought our bikes ~~ going to get them serviced and yeah, take some bike rides down some new trails.

heiresschild said...

i hear you about winter being over. i feel the same way, though our winter in MD was very, very mild--just a couple of light snows and hardly any inches. HAPPY (and safe) BIKE RIDING DAVE!

the donG said...

wow! mountain biking is something i always yearn to do not just summer. i can do biking all day. enjoy your summer!

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

dave,
I have tagged you. Please come off your mountain bike and play the "6 word memoir".

Josie said...

Have fun out there! Wear your helmet. :-)

BBC said...

PROJECT UPDATE

Sandy said...

Ya ever going to park that bike and come back!! ha.

s

heiresschild said...

bike riding must be good Dave since you haven't posted lately.

Wanda said...

Dave ~~ where are YOU?