Friday, June 21, 2013

Alex's Weekly Bike Ride 2 - Boca Reservoir



Song:  Alexandria

Artist:  Ludovico Einaudi


For this week's long bike ride...
we went to Boca Reservoir to ride around part of the shore line.

This was a much more technical ride for Alex.

He had deep loose gravel and dirt...
inclines and declines...
dry rivulets to cross...
and perpendicular declines to contend with.



Alex putting on his bike helmet...


his day pack...


and we are ready to start our ride.


Alex had to walk his bike up this incline as the dirt was loose.



Alex resting... as it had taken extra effort from him to reach this point.



Alex had fallen a few times...
and on one of them...
he had broken the rear reflector on his bike  :)

He had, however...
neither given up, nor had he gotten upset.

He had merely gotten back on and re-attempted the ride...
without complaint (a true warrior's spirit).



We are back at the minivan.

This ride was too short...
 so we decided to load up and drive to another area at Boca Reservoir.






I wanted to take one more picture as we were leaving this section of the reservoir.
I knew we would never be going back to this particular section.
I had almost gotten stuck trying to drive back out from the reservoir.

It had taken me many attempts to get past one particularly steep incline...
which was coupled with loose dirt...
and multiple perpendicular deep furrows on the road.



We arrived at another shoreline dirt trail a couple of miles down the road.


This was a much tamer trail...
and there was a constant cooling breeze off the water.





The deep and loose gravel and dirt in certain areas...
had proven to be the most difficult terrain type for Alex to navigate.


Alex started to learn that previously built momentum without subsequently made
 sharp deviations in direction while under a constant rate of pedaling
would keep him stable and moving forward in most cases.

On some areas where the road was at a perpendicular decline with loose gravel...
his rear tire had started to slide out.

He automatically increased his rate of pedaling... 
and his rear tire drove the bike forward enough for his bike to stabilize.  
He had learned how to effectively recover from what had caused 
many of his falls from earlier in the day.



One last water break for Alex.  
This time, he had not only drunk the water...
he had poured it over the top of his head.

The sudden coolness put a big smile on his face  :)



We had a very fun, and productive day of riding.
Alex is much more comfortable on his mountain bike now.
He has improved so much in knowing how to handle his bike.

Next week, Alex will be participating in a study at Stanford University (in CA).
We will be staying at my elder sister's house for the duration of the study
(she lives but half an hour from Stanford University).

While there...
we plan to visit Santa Cruz...
and San Francisco.

When we get back...
we will find another bike trail to ride
(perhaps the Donner Lake area).

I am always searching for interesting places for Alex to explore on his bike.

I want him to have a great adventure every time we ride...
although...we will also pick out a favorite place for extended riding...
one which is not too technical, so we may put in many miles of riding at a time... 
every so often.


On our way home, Alex had used his iPad to FaceTime his mother.

She was cooking dinner.

When we had arrived home...
Alex took a shower...
and then had a nice dinner.

Earlier today (before our bike ride)...
Alex took his Chapter 18 test in his Calculus II program (of 22 total chapters).

Although he had missed a couple of problems (2 out of 20)...
he found out why he had gotten the two problems incorrect...
and he had then answered them correctly.

Alex is moving along smoothly in his daily studies.
He enjoys his daily routine...
as well as his outings.

Alex, and I, always look forward to our weekend bike rides
(we decided to go today for this once...instead of on Sat.).

Always remember...
closely spaced objectives...
closely spaced rewards.

Keep feeding their drive...
they will then take care of the results.









2 comments:

  1. Great job in teaching Alex how to ride in the loose gravel. I admire how he keeps at it through difficult moments. You will be able to enjoy a lot of nice rides together.

    Have a good trip to California!

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  2. Alex learns more and more on our rides. Alex always likes to keep trying when he wants to learn something. Thanks...we will be leaving in a few days.

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