I still had two old mountain bikes in the garage but in checking them out I discovered that they were in really bad condition after sitting idle in the moisture, heat and cold year after year for at least 10 years. Nope, a new one was in order.
Nicky was gone when I got home from work so Jimmy and I hit the bike store. He got a simple cruiser and I got a nice Diamondback Mountain Bike. We probably rode about 30 miles that first weekend. It was great!
The following Thursday I took a day off of work to try for my first actual mountain ride. I put on my new helmet and gloves and took off for South Mountain. I know I am no longer a 20 year old so I chose a beginner trail and packed up my bike in my car and headed out early in the morning before it got hot.
The trail was wide open with only 2 or 3 people in sight. This was wonderful since the weekends can see the trail simply packed with people. Since I was a beginner, and not totally familiar with my new bike I really wanted to try to avoid hitting anyone so the lack of others on the trail was a good sign.
All in all it I had a really good ride. The trail was all uphill going but not a real hard incline and a wonderful downhill run on the way back. I was tired at the end but in a good way. I plan do it again soon and maybe hit harder trails as I improve. Now I just hope the boys will go with me or I can find someone willing to ride. Things like that are always more fun with company!
Pictures below. I hope to get some video next time!