Riding my Ride

As always it’s nice to spend time at the parent’s house in West Virginia. It’s fun living in the city but it’s nice to have somewhere a little off the beaten path to go and take it easy. Coffee on the porch with dad in the morning is pretty hard to beat. Unless it’s a cold beer on the porch in the afternoon. 🙂

It’s been good practice having the bike down here, especially since I’ll be riding solo for the first time in a few days! They live off of a nice twisty road so I’ve been taking the bike out every day and just riding. I’ll pick an errand to run simply because it’s efficient but I’m really just practicing those turns. I’ve been taking the same direction every day but am going to have to go the other way before I leave. There is a left hand, blind, upward hairpin turn that I have to do at least once.

After I ride the roads for a bit, I go over to the university parking lot and practice slow-speed turns. The students are gone for the summer so there are no cars in the lot. I’ve had a couple of good figure eights but definitely nervous with no around to pick the bike up if I drop it soooo… there will be no bike dropping!

So I did that hairpin turn and I’m embarrassed to say that it was not graceful or done well but it’s been done. Sigh. Maybe next time!

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