I spent the past weekend with Roger, Keith, and Melissa, in St. George, Utah trying out the new bike. In addition to some mountain biking, the trip offered a chance to escape the cooler weather of northern Utah and attend Hunter and Col's patio celebration on Saturday night.
|Trail head at Santa Clara River Preserve|
|Roger and Keith|
|View from Sidewinder Trail|
I found the riding to be a lot more difficult that I was expecting. The primary challenge was feeling confident enough to tackle hills and obstacles while clipped in to the bike. It is much more difficult to unclip from the pedals in a panic and I found myself on the ground several times. I also had to walk my bike at several points because the trail was too challenging for my skill level. Fortunately, both Roger and Keith are very patient people and mostly ignored my minor temper tantrums along the way.
|My new bike!|
|Flowering cacti along the trails|
|Suicidal Tendencies bike trail - not the best choice for my beginner skills|
|Roger and Keith|
The Barrel Roll trail was mostly great and I was able to ride my bike a lot more than I did on Suicidal Tendencies. But at that point in the day, my frustration with my ability was limiting the fun. The views from Sidewinder, Suicidal Tendencies, and Barrel Roll were fantastic and hopefully I'll get a chance to try these trails again when I know what I'm doing. We called it a day around 3pm and headed off to Hunter and Col's house to enjoy a fantastic evening on their newly finished patio.
On Sunday, Roger took me over to the Bloomington area to try some easier riding. We spent a few hours riding on mostly flat and rolling terrain, and while the scenery wasn't as fantastic, the riding was more suitable for my skill level.
|Bloomington Trail head area|
|Enjoyable easy riding|
|With very patient Roger!|