When I started riding motorcycles, I bought a Yamaha XT 225. You can catch up on that story here! And for some of mine and Sadie’s (yes, I named my motorcycle Sadie) adventures, here are some of our highlights!
The thought process is, when you are learning to ride a motorcycle, it hurts less to fall in the dirt than it does on the road.
Since we had dual sports, street legal dirt bikes, we could ride on the roads until we came to a trail that looked like it might be fun to explore. And when I say trail, I don’t mean something that was a set trail or path. The spots we usually rode looked unused, like no one ventured down them before.
We found a great spot that we would ride regularly. It was such an EPIC spot. Sugar sand, dirt paths through trees and ditches, mud and so much more. Before we headed off to do our On/Off Road Enduro Trip all over Costa Rica, we would go to this hidden place to practice. I had only just begun riding at this point and if I was going to survive a motorcycle tour in Costa Rica, I needed to ride as much as I could, push myself as hard as I could and this spot had everything I needed to practice with it. Except muddy clay, it didn’t have muddy clay and that was an experience riding on in Costa Rica!
OK, getting off topic, I could talk about that Costa Rica trip for days :)
It was tucked away nicely on a very underdeveloped chunk of land. If you weren’t looking for it, you wouldn’t find it. People who did know about this spot would take their 4-wheelers back there.
In the second link I posted at the beginning of this post shows a couple of pictures from this spot. Just look for the ones under the “Playing Off Road” part.
So why the trip down memory lane of this most epic riding spot?!
Saturday morning Colin and I set out cycling. We didn’t really have an end location in mind, it was more of a “Let’s ride and see where we end up” type of rides.
We packed up our bikes, put on our cycling shorts and hit the road!
Then on the way there, wherever there was, we came across a long paved road that had the entrance sign covered so you couldn’t tell what was back there. Of course, we had to take this road. Where did it go?! What was it for?!
The road was a winding one that lead us to the local campus of a community college. They had built another entrance and added a couple more buildings. As we were peddling down the road it hit us what/where we were peddling through…
This was our epic riding spot for the dual sports!!
Heartbreak set in. All those awesome trails and obstacles to ride over had been reduced to this:
I mean YAY for the school and all but man, it is so sad to think that area is now this. When we get our enduros in the next year I was hoping to go back to this spot and ride. Guess we will have to hit Richloam for that, which is pretty awesome but this place was close to the house.
Once our trip down memory lane was done, we continued on our way. So where did we end up?!
At Lazy Days to look at the Winnebago Tour that we are working toward getting. Such a beautiful coach! It’s important when you are working toward a goal, to remind yourself of that goal constantly! Popping by to look at the Tour is a way to keep our momentum going. Forgoing trips, shopping sprees, mindless spending on crap…it’s all for this!!!!
After we left there, we headed back home. Ended up being a 30 mile ride (burned over 1800 calories, Hell yeah!).
Hope you all had a great Labor Day Weekend as well :)
Just a random pic from tonight of the moon with the storm rolling in :)