Getting Your Ride On ! (In a strange place)

Today my son and I thought we would find someplace new to try out, he skates a long board and I ride bikes, so we drove down to a county park that had a two mile paved trail that crosses over the Alafia River here in the Tampa Bay area.

After going around the trail, we found that there was a cool little Canoe Launch at one end of the trail that had about a third of a mile circle of pavement with a nice BIG dip in elevation of about twenty feet around the whole circuit.

After riding around the circle, it was like wow, I hit 27 miles an hour just coasting on the downhill and then the elevation climb carried through around the whole backside of the circle to give the feeling of hill repeats for sure.

After a few warm up laps, I hit the gas and was able to hit 41 miles an hour on the ramp portion for just a few seconds, WOW ! That’s the fastest I have ever ridden on a bike and I was thinking that this little short course would make a very cool and technically tight Criterium course.

My son was really digging the downhill on his board too, a great father son time for sure.

In all, I did eight miles around the circle, dont remember how many laps, but it was alot of fun and totally unexpected. So how do you get your ride on ? Ever stumbled onto a Jewell in an unlikely place ? I will definitely go back for some more of that Canoe Launch Ramp, way cool !


  • will1

    > You never hear anyone talking about “taking a day off of walking” or “taking a day off of driving” Why? Because these are just normal parts of life.

    True, but when people don’t drive for a day, they don’t think of it as missing a day of driving either, and that’s kind of my original point. I’m all for cutting down on driving; hell, I’ve been in my car just once in the last 13 days, and that was to take someone to the airport*. Still, in those 13 days, there were a couple where I never even left the house, and I’m cool with that, going out to ride the bike just to ride the bike at that point is kind of pointless, especially from the “make your bike a normal tool of life” angle. I don’t use my car to just go for a drive without a real reason to be doing it, why would I do that with my bike? I mean what Lou pointed out that Jim Langley has done is impressive, but utterly pointless.

    I’d be much more down with a goal like “use your bike on a commuter style trip an average of five-and-a-half days a week”. It’s more practical, it allows for life events like vacation, illness, or just plain wanting to spend a lazy Sunday at home with loved ones, while still establishing the bike as a normal part of life.

    * Of course, I’m about to get in it to go to the store because my girl is sick, craving Morningstar Farms Grillers, and I just showered after riding home from work. How’s that for the irony of life, driving a perfectly bikeable trip in a thread about not doing so. Sigh…

  • plochman

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