Saturday, April 07, 2007


It's fantastic weather here in Utah, and I decided I needed to go mountain biking today. Normally I just go biking up the Provo River Trail, but today I wanted to get onto some trails. Lucky for me the Internet decided to have some good suggestions on where to go around here, and I found this one.

Previous to this experience, I've only been "Mountain Biking" at Sundance. In some ways this trail was better than Sundance, in other ways it wasn't as good. Namely that it has a good 30-40 minutes of climbing before you get to any downhill (Sundance has a lift, negating the need to climb). Climbing uphill on a bike for 30 minutes wears you out fast. I had to take a few breathers. I think I took a few wrong turns too. But, what wants to go down must go up first.

I wish I could relate to you how much fun it is to bike on mountain trails, particularly the downhill ones. Flat are good too, but downhill is a blast. You go through the forest, over streams, through a stream or two, and fly across meadows. You get going dangerously fast, but it's all right since there's no speed limit! In places the roughness of the trail makes it feel like it's trying to shake the muscles right off your forearms, and your wrists get a little tired from braking. But it's so fun! I need a little camera to mount on my helmet to take video of downhill biking so y'all can see.

I plan to explore more mountain trails over the course of the summer. If anyone wants to come with me, you're more than welcome to. It's alright if you have to walk the bike uphill frequently.

11 comments:

Christa said...

Sounds like fun-- wish we could join you!

Marilyn said...

Yeah, sounds fun...but the "dangerously fast" part concerns me. Russ Fotheringham (ward) likes to ride his bike that way too, and he went around a corner too fast and slid on some loose gravel, and went down and blew out his knee really bad. He had to have some pretty serious surgery, stay off of it (down) for awhile, and then go to crutches and it has been about 6 months and he says it is mostly better, but will never be "good" again. THRILLS=spills=trouble
Be careful. It is hard to find out the wrong way that you should have been more careful.
Ought to borrow Bretts bike (and visa versa) and take a date. That would be fun. you could pack a picnic in a backpack and have a picnic along the way!

Chad said...

If I break something while I'm having fun, I'm okay with that.

Cambrie said...

that sounds way fun-- we'd love to try it some time.

Marilyn said...

So, while your ok with that, do you ride with someone that can go for help when you can't?

Marilyn said...

it is still my job to be protective mother, even if you live to be 65:):)

Kim said...

Looks like a lot of fun and I'd definitely enjoy the mountain part of mountain biking, but I'd probably have a heart attack the first 15 feet of the trail so I'll pass.

Chad said...

No I don't go near as fast as the video clip Dad linked to. I My guess is that I get going 30 MPH, max, in the meadows; and a little slower than that in the forests.

Christa said...

Mom! Good night! Mountain biking equals blown out knees... running equals getting hit by a car... you have to live a little! Sitting on your couch watching TV actually does lead to hypertension and high cholesterol levels!

Marilyn said...

Of course, I am all for exercise! You don't need to convince me of that! It is how I have lost 12 pounds this last year. But I am still for SAFE exercise. Yes, I think Mtn biking can fit into that category, if the person is wanting it to.

Kim said...

Break a leg Chad.