Nick's summary of my blog a couple of years ago: "Yeah, all right already, we know you like biking and your kids are cute. We get it." Well, this one combines those two elements into one video post, the first showing Ivy's first wobbly pedalling on her classic bike. I'm SO proud of her.
On a tip from bike shop owner and old classmate Pat Siemens, I ditched the training wheels and pedals off her old bike a couple of weeks ago so she could push herself along with her feet as she learned the balance and steering -- WAY better for learning than training wheels. Listen for Ella saying "she's flying!" and Ivy calling out "I'm going to town!" as she gets to the road:
I also brought my camera on my new "backyard" ride -- it's a very nice little loop with an eight-minute road ride to the further trailhead, a short push and then a beautiful climb through a meadow. On the way back it's a a nice long rolling singletrack descent that gets me back home just over half an hour after I left...short enough for a lunch-break ride, which stokes me up.
The section of trail in the video twists down a long, dusty ridge with sagebrush and cacti (got one stuck in my leg on this ride) that leads back into town. The camera swings to the right at the end of the clip to try to capture the deer I scared up from beside the trail. Good livin':