It has been a long time since the wife got on a bike. She has a history of severe headaches caused by a sensitive area between her shoulder blades, and riding a bike has irritated the pressure point resulting in headaches and a dislike for riding. That's understandable.
After a lot of research, and some adjustments to her fit on the bike, I convinced her to try it again. So, we headed out to Bent Creek in the early morning chill, while the sun was still rising over the trees. We parked and got geared up for a gravel grinder. Out of the parking lot and pedaled up the first climb. She was feeling good and relaxed. I shared some tips on keeping shoulders relaxed and some on the bike stretches that could be done.
Someone put a sign in the middle of the trail..... (above)
We got to the turn, she felt good and wanted to keep going. We ended up riding for close to an hour, might have been a little more, I don't know. It was very exciting, and rather than a headache for the rest of the day, there was the glow that results from the excitement of riding a bike. Maybe we'll start a once a week morning group ride....
As the sun climbed higher, we packed our jackets and enjoyed the ride. The gravel crunching under the tires, cool morning air blowing on our faces, this was much better than an easy ride to the coffee shop.
We rounded out the ride by "bombing" down Boyd Branch, and then past the lake. The chirping frogs were loud, the sky bright, and the goose unsure of why I was taking it's picture.
I can't wait to go again!
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