I grew up with a passion for the woods. Being a city kid, they were a magical escape. Many years later, I've rediscovered the passion, but with a twist: wheels!
First, let me state unequivocally: I hate exercise. Second: I have a low tolerance for boredom. Third: I really miss my sportbike!
Zooming through the woods is a great moment of zen. It demands total concentration, but when you're "in the groove," it's as if you're on autopilot.
Don't get the wrong impression: This isn't a Mountain Dew commercial we're talking about here. Personally I prefer to keep my tires safely in touch with terra firma. The trails in Indiana (Town Run, Westwood, Brown County) are "singletrack," and the riding is "cross-country."
The folks I've met through mountain bike riding have become my closest friends. This is a solo sport, but is also very social. We depend on each other for a "safety net" in case there's a technical problem deep in the woods, and we heap on admiration and good-natured ribbing over a refreshing apres-ride IPA.
If you're interested in riding, or if you're interested in learning, or if you're interested in helping expand the opportunities to ride in our area... Join us!