This summer I decided to pick up mountain biking. When I was younger we used to enjoy playing cops and robbers around the camp ground. Now years later I decided to pick up another bike and get back to riding. I picked up a 26″ Specialized Hardrock which is one of the entry level bikes from Specialized. I got a great deal by buying the 2010 model they were clearing out to make room.
A couple months ago I started getting back in shape by riding around on the streets and exploring some local sub-developments I haven’t been down before. That was great for a while but I started to get bored when I saw the same thing over and over. I decided I was up for the challenge and headed out to the local state park. Yankee Springs mountain bike trail was the most fun I’ve had outside in awhile. Every minute was thrilling and we didn’t know what we would come up against next. The 13 miles course provided a large variety of terrain and challenges. When we got to the end we were beat and it felt like a great accomplishment. While loading our bikes I was already looking forward to next time and it’s all I thought about during the week.
It’s been a few months since I started riding and about four trips out to Yankee. I’m still coming across things I don’t recognize while going faster and faster. Check out some pictures below, they don’t really do the sport justice. If you’re looking to get away from the computer I highly recommend picking up a mountain bike.