Saturday, June 8, 2013

More Mountain Biking For Alex - Home / Stampede Reservoir



Song:  Fly Away
(2nd time in a row...
 only because I love this song)

Artist:  Lenny Kravitz




A couple of days ago...
Alex, and I, did a short neighborhood ride.


We kept it short, as the primary purpose was for Alex to get 
used to controlling his speed on a long decline.


Today...
we drove to Stampede Reservoir to ride 
some of the many hundreds of miles of fire roads, biking, and hiking trails.



This was Alex's first off road experience.


It was a gently sloped, and relatively tame trail.


Alex had done well...
and he had enjoyed himself during the ride.




I also had Alex practice his sense of direction using the sun...
to not only determine cardinal directions...
but I had shown him how important it is...
when leaving an area one wishes to return to along the same route...
how one must look at it from the return perspective
(turning around to look at it as you leave...
noticing the general lay of the land, as well as prominent landmarks...
and by using the sun and the clock method of location marking).


Although this was just a short "Once a week long ride"...
it allowed Alex to get used to the dirt with mild inclines, declines...
bumps and rocks...etc.

On our next long ride...
we will have on day packs with some supplies
(we had only gone a few miles this time).


After our little off road biking...
we stopped in at a mountain restaurant just on the Nevada side of the border
(15 minutes from home).

Alex had Fish and Chips...
and I had a Flame Broiled Cheese Burger 
(one of the few places which does a burger correctly!)...
and a sliced Prime Rib (Au Jus) sandwich.

Nothing stimulates the appetite as does the great outdoors  :)

Tomorrow...
we will go shopping for bike seats with much greater padding.





2 comments:

  1. So great that you have some many nice trails in beautiful areas. The ones you selected to start with seem perfect. Around our area, most trails are crowded, or at least almost always have other riders on them. It's so nice to ride where you are as you have the area mostly to yourselves.

    Good luck finding seats with more padding. I think you may want to look into bike shorts that have some padding built in.

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  2. There are so many trails everywhere. It is rare for us to see anyone on any of them...except at the famous spots (Mammoth Mountain and such).

    Perhaps bike shorts may help some. We will try about anything to help. While it is mostly my wife who is having a difficult time with the seats...I can see it getting uncomfortable on much longer rides without better ones.

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