i’ll be fine. FINE
April 24, 2009
Elden took some fine video of my favorite backyard trail yesterday. And by backyard trail, I mean front yard trail
I got home from work last night, and Ian was just laying around, and I figured he would dig Elden’s soundtrack, Smooth Criminal covered by Alien Ant Farm.
I was right, as soon as I fired up the video, Ian was grooving, and asking if we could download the song right NOW!
Ian commented on what a cool trail that was, and Hey, where is that? I took him to the front porch and pointed to it. I said “hey, 14 year old son who has never been mountain biking with me, wanna go ride it, right now?”
On the approach to the top of Jacobs Ladder:
And at the top, looking back at our house:
Here’s Ian negotiating some of the good stuff on the descent (first ever real mountain bike ride):
And we exit:
From here it’s a mellow dirt road climb back our front porch. About a half mile up the road from here, it gets a bit quick, with a short downhill, and the road is quite rutted out from the mud, which has dried into pretty stiff ridges. I got ahead, and sat up and looked back to see how Ian was doing, cuz you know, I’m the shepherd, and he’s mine.
Here’s what I got for my overdeveloped sense of responsibility:
Oh, and since as we left the garage it became apparent that his helmet no longer fit, except like the Tin Man’s hat, way up on top of his head:
I lent him my helmet, and went with my cycling cap. But about halfway up, his super cool teenage hair was getting in his eyes, so I donated my little cap too.
So when I was body slammed to the ground by the universe, in one of those “one second you’re riding, the next second you’re sliding on your head and shoulder in the hardened mud” moments, I was protected only by MY thinning 40 something hair.
It’s not big deal, right? I can rest and recover. Except right now at work I’m wearing a white shirt and I’m bleeding through the elbow and shoulder just in time for my big meeting, and I’m leaving in a couple hours to go to Moab and ride for 100 miles off road tomorrow.
It’ll be fine. FINE.