A surefire way to get bruises in unexpected places.
My typical bike ride is a city ride, but I am always game for a woodland adventure. The last time I went “off-roading”, it was 90+ degrees, the trails were made of loose sand AND I had about 5 pounds of french toast in my gut. This time, I came a bit more prepared. Well, prepared to expect loose sand and heat.
What I got was the same heat, a tiny pinch of loose sand trail and a heaping ton of not-so-easy on a little BMX. Although I could move a whole ton faster on the Alafia River State Park trails, they were much less flat and much more treacherous. Take the fact that I’m slightly accident prone, mix in trails filled with knobby roots, steep inclines, and large rocks…I was in for it. Luckily, I was up for the challenge. I even brought water this time. Take that for outdoors preparedness!!!
Throughout the ride, pro-status bike dudes kept commenting “You’re doing this on a 20 inch?”, like we were crazy. I got a “You’re a bigger man than I am” comment. I took it as a compliment. Admittedly, there were a couple of drops that I had to walk my bike down. I don’t press my luck when I knowingly have the wrong equipment AND have a track record of hurting myself in such situations. Even still, I managed to get banged up pretty well and it was totally worth it. Next day, I was nursing bruises in strange places and my legs looked like they had been clubbed with a small bat.
Can’t wait for the next excursion.