Monday, April 04, 2011

New Addiction

Just because I've been enjoying a lot of down time lately doesn't mean I remember to post here. Oops. I'm currently waiting around for the weather to improve and the snow to melt so I can get back out on the road for the Forest Service. I've been reading a lot, knitting a little, wasting a bit of Polaroid film, and cooking quite a bit. I've also picked up a new hobby... biking. I started biking on a machine at the gym recently and thought, "You know, I should be doing this outside." A bunch of internet research and one trip to REI later and I've got myself a new trail bike! It's a Novara Mia bike that's super speedy on paved pathways, comfortable to ride, and it even came with a nerdy little bell.

I got the bike two Saturdays ago, then promptly came down with a sinus infection, so I stayed inside most of last week. When my sinuses and the weather cleared up last Thursday, I was out the door! My husband and I took a three-mile ride that night and I couldn't wipe the smile from my face. I felt like a kid again on my awesome new bike! Friday morning I pedaled about 10 minutes on a dirt path, then another hour on a paved trail out around a pretty pond near town. The bugs were intense but the sky was breathtakingly blue. My husband rode his bike to work that morning so on his way home, I met him three miles from our house and we pedaled home together to yummy crock pot fajitas.

Saturday morning was - for me - epic. We met some friends and rode 18 miles of the Legacy Parkway Trail, which runs the length of its namesake highway. We rode nine miles north from the southernmost trailhead, smiling all the way, then came the time to turn and head back south. Normally it wouldn't be a problem but a storm was approaching and here in northern Utah, that means sustained and gusty winds from the south, so our nine miles back to the trailhead were difficult, to say the least. There were a lot of stops to rest. All in all it was a fantastic ride, and ended up being four miles longer than the longest ride I've ever been on, and I can easily say that I am now addicted. I can't wait to get out again!


Ashley said...

How exciting! I'm thinking of getting into biking, though more just as a way to get around the city without using public transit. I'm still looking for a bike, hopefully something with a cute basket. :) Best of luck with your bike adventures!

Brooke said...

Bike-riding is so much fun! (When you have a good one. That said, I believe I need to get a good one.)

It's so fun to be scooting along outside under the sky and trees, with that lovely breeze and all kind of interesting things to watch.