RR: Coed Fever

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  1. Paladin

    Paladin Guest

    How do I get myself into these things??

    I meet a daughter of a friend at a bbq on Sunday, and she's asking around for help getting started
    mtbiking our trail system. She's from Eugene, OR and just doesn't know where to turn. We chat a bit
    and I learn that her favorite trail is the McKenzie River Trail, no bridal path, that one.

    So, like a white knight riding up in shining armor, I graciously offer to introduce her to our
    awards-winning system on Tues afternoon. So once we firm up the date (so to speak!), I wonder later
    how do I sell this little outing on the wife??

    So to stay out of trouble, I get my teenage son out of school, call Adam, who's always game to meet
    a single gal, (G-Man's busy, Jim's at a track meet), so we meet at the park. Advice from Penny says
    group rides are a good thing in this potentially tricky situation.

    New gal's got a nice Trek hardtail, with the right tires, and an easy going manner. I try to sound
    her out on how hard she wants to hit it. She says shyly, "Whatever you want, I'll keep up." Hmmmmmm?
    Okay. We shall see, now, won't we, boys and girls?

    I'm on the SS, Jr's on the Marin, and Adam's on his boing-boing, planning to hang with us and then
    go on higher after we turn down.

    At 4pm it's so busy at the park that I can't even change clothes in my truck! O the indignity
    of having to use the bathroom! Probably better not to flash in front of this new "riding
    buddy", anyway.

    We head out behind the big hill, past the pond, and it's about 70f, sunny and the place is beginning
    to sprout bikes, dogs, walkers, runners.

    Over to Uncle Stan's and I'm trying to keep my semi-patronizing tour guide monologue to a minimum as
    we hit the base of the first big hill. My son shoots out ahead like usual. Ahh, to be 14 and
    invincible again. New gal is keeping a good pace up the hill, and I come alongside and tell her most
    people can't even do this on their first try, and then I have to stand for the last 150 yards or so,
    almost catch the kid, and come in second. She's third, and Adam rides the caboose.

    More travel-guide bs, and up Crestline. The gal says she's never ridden with such views, where you
    can literally see 50 miles in 3 directions and see snow-capped peaks on two mountain ranges. Her
    eyes are big, and she's not showing any signs of wear. So for a little more climbing, we do a couple
    klicks up Sidewinder to open up the east end of the valley and show her the Owyhee mountains to the
    south, still covered in snow. Wow.

    Back to Crestline, up to the creek crossing, and there's a flock of peacock's on an lbs group ride,
    who cheer me on crossing the creek and climbing out on the SS. Adam's got his shirt off by now and
    is hoping the females will swoon over the sight of his manly chest. Or do a mating dance for him.
    Well, the gals ain't swoonin, so we say adios, lower the seats and point the bars down Hulls Gulch,
    one of my favorite close-in trails.

    It's a happenin little track of 3.3 miles that sets above a creek, complete with rocks, ruts, water
    bars, tricky lil boulder gardens, it's all real time adrenalin. I take the lead so my son doesn't
    hit Wharp-10 and kill himself, and it's a rockin, movin and groovin hoot.

    A couple miles down, I send the boy ahead, and wait 3 seconds for the female unit to appear, and
    she's doing danged well for never having ridden this before. Maybe I shoulda pushed her harder.
    Next time?

    So weez all a'grinnin and moving fast through the lower, smoother sections, take a left past Golden
    Sands, bunny hop onto a bridge, and I'm spinning the SS like a hamster on speed.

    Up Chickadee Ridge, the 360 views, tool along the spine, lose sight of the boy, just as a dude on a
    Santa Cruz "meets" him at a corner and they almost super-nova. No harm done, the dude apologizes all
    over the place, but I let him off easy with a hundred dollar bill and his drivers license in my
    pocket (just kidding).

    Down the face of the ridge, Jr loses control on a switchback and flies through the air with the
    greatest of ease, opening a yard sale on top of some sage brush. Unhurt, of course.

    Back to the park, and there's nothin like that euphoric sense of a great, fun ride under our belts.
    The little loop we did was only 8 miles, but had some good variety, and pretty much showed her the
    spine of the trail system. I have to believe the old saying, that time spent riding is not deducted
    from your life.

    Paladin
     
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  2. Michael Dart

    Michael Dart Guest

    "Paladin" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]... <snip great RR>

    > I have to believe the old saying, that time spent riding is not deducted from your life.
    >

    It may be old, but I've never heard it and I like it!

    Mike
     
  3. Jon Bond

    Jon Bond Guest

    "Michael Dart" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    >
    > "Paladin" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]... <snip great RR>
    >
    > > I have to believe the old saying, that time spent riding is not deducted from your life.
    > >
    >
    > It may be old, but I've never heard it and I like it!
    >
    > Mike

    New one for me too, and a great one. Now if I could only convince my mother...

    BTW, Paladin, if I ever make it out there, you gotta hook me up for a ride with this gal ;)

    Jon Bond according to mom, "all you've done is bike" (in more a yelling, scolding tone than I can
    convey properly online) - I've only gone biking twice, once just around the neighborhood to spin the
    car ride home off (for an hour), and only once offroad for a couple-few hours. Bah.
     
  4. Penny S.

    Penny S. Guest

    (moderate snippage)

    Paladin wrote:
    > How do I get myself into these things??

    you're male, the thought of new meat is irresistible.
    >
    >
    > So to stay out of trouble, I get my teenage son out of school, call Adam, who's always game to
    > meet a single gal, (G-Man's busy, Jim's at a track meet), so we meet at the park. Advice from
    > Penny says group rides are a good thing in this potentially tricky situation.

    yes, and don't make a habit of it.

    > > Over to Uncle Stan's and I'm trying to keep my semi-patronizing tour
    > guide monologue to a minimum

    you do that too? hee hee, being a tour guide....

    > Back to the park, and there's nothin like that euphoric sense of a great, fun ride under our
    > belts. The little loop we did was only 8 miles, but had some good variety, and pretty much showed
    > her the spine of the trail system. I have to believe the old saying, that time spent riding is not
    > deducted from your life.
    >

    now what you do to CYA is introduce her to a couple of boys with bikes ( bike shop wrenches?) in
    the 20-29 age group and stand back. Oh, and tell your buddy Adam to reel his tongue in and wipe up
    the drool.

    Penny
     
  5. Supabonbon

    Supabonbon Guest

    [email protected] (Paladin) wrote in message
    news:<[email protected]>...
    > How do I get myself into these things??
    >
    > I meet a daughter of a friend at a bbq on Sunday, and she's asking around for help getting started
    > mtbiking our trail system. She's from Eugene, OR and just doesn't know where to turn. We chat a
    > bit and I learn that her favorite trail is the McKenzie River Trail, no bridal path, that one.
    > <snip >> Paladin

    Pics?

    /s
     
  6. Mattb

    Mattb Guest

    "Paladin" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > How do I get myself into these things??
    <snippage>

    Nice report. She sounds like a catch for whoever might be able to catch her!

    When I saw the title of your post it made me think of those spring break "Gone Wild" videos. I think
    there could be one with the same title (or should be anyway).

    Matt
     
  7. John Harlow

    John Harlow Guest

    > Nice report. She sounds like a catch for whoever might be able to catch
    her!
    >
    > When I saw the title of your post it made me think of those spring break "Gone Wild" videos. I
    > think there could be one with the same title (or should be anyway).

    "Girls gone wheeled"? ;)
     
  8. Paladin

    Paladin Guest

    [email protected] (supabonbon) wrote in message
    news:<[email protected]>...
    > [email protected] (Paladin) wrote in message
    > news:<[email protected]>...
    > > How do I get myself into these things??
    > >
    > > I meet a daughter of a friend at a bbq on Sunday, and she's asking around for help getting
    > > started mtbiking our trail system. She's from Eugene, OR and just doesn't know where to turn. We
    > > chat a bit and I learn that her favorite trail is the McKenzie River Trail, no bridal path, that
    > > one. <snip >> Paladin
    >
    > Pics?
    >
    > /s

    No, I thought about it. It was pretty rushed to wrap up work, pick the kid up at Jr Hi, and book it
    down town to the park to meet our new friend, etc.

    Maybe next time, if all the wolves promise to keep themselves at bay....

    Paladin
     
  9. Bill Wheeler

    Bill Wheeler Guest

    On 13 May 2003 21:11:49 -0700, [email protected] (Paladin) wrote:

    >How do I get myself into these things??

    Good question.

    >
    >I meet a daughter of a friend at a bbq on Sunday, and she's asking around for help getting started
    >mtbiking our trail system.

    That's got Trouble written all over it.

    >
    >So, like a white knight riding up in shining armor, I graciously offer to introduce her to our
    >awards-winning system on Tues afternoon. So once we firm up the date (so to speak!), I wonder later
    >how do I sell this little outing on the wife??

    Gotta love it, too damn real!

    [snip great RR]

    >I have to believe the old saying, that time spent riding is not deducted from your life.

    I can live with that.

    Peace, Bill

    The mind serves properly as a window glass rather than as a reflector, that is, the mind should give
    an immediate view instead of an interpretation of the world.
    :-]
     
  10. Paladin

    Paladin Guest

    Bill Wheeler <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:<[email protected]>...
    > On 13 May 2003 21:11:49 -0700, [email protected] (Paladin) wrote:
    >
    > >How do I get myself into these things??
    >
    > Good question.
    >
    > >
    > >I meet a daughter of a friend at a bbq on Sunday, and she's asking around for help getting
    > >started mtbiking our trail system.
    >
    > That's got Trouble written all over it.
    >
    > >
    > >So, like a white knight riding up in shining armor, I graciously offer to introduce her to our
    > >awards-winning system on Tues afternoon. So once we firm up the date (so to speak!), I wonder
    > >later how do I sell this little outing on the wife??
    >
    > Gotta love it, too damn real!

    Yep. That's the trouble with telling the truth in these ride reports.
    You won't hear about any 6' hucks, but you will hear about me puking
    out my guts on a climb, getting passed by others, and so on. O well.

    Paladin
    ps: my wife read the report of our outing and approved the whole thing. Good gal.
     
  11. Penny S.

    Penny S. Guest

    Paladin wrote:
    > Bill Wheeler <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:<[email protected]>...
    >> On 13 May 2003 21:11:49 -0700, [email protected] (Paladin) wrote:
    >>
    >>> How do I get myself into these things??
    >>
    >> Good question.
    >>
    >>>
    >>> I meet a daughter of a friend at a bbq on Sunday, and she's asking around for help getting
    >>> started mtbiking our trail system.
    >>
    >> That's got Trouble written all over it.
    >>
    >>>
    >>> So, like a white knight riding up in shining armor, I graciously offer to introduce her to our
    >>> awards-winning system on Tues afternoon. So once we firm up the date (so to speak!), I wonder
    >>> later how do I sell this little outing on the wife??
    >>
    >> Gotta love it, too damn real!
    >
    > Yep. That's the trouble with telling the truth in these ride reports.
    > You won't hear about any 6' hucks, but you will hear about me puking
    > out my guts on a climb, getting passed by others, and so on. O well.
    >
    > Paladin
    > ps: my wife read the report of our outing and approved the whole thing. Good gal.

    gad, you are such a "nice" guy.

    Penny
     
  12. Paladin

    Paladin Guest

    "Penny S." <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:<[email protected]>...
    > Paladin wrote:
    > > Bill Wheeler <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > > news:<[email protected]>...
    > >> On 13 May 2003 21:11:49 -0700, [email protected] (Paladin) wrote:
    > >>
    > >>> How do I get myself into these things??
    > >>
    > >> Good question.
    > >>
    > >>>
    > >>> I meet a daughter of a friend at a bbq on Sunday, and she's asking around for help getting
    > >>> started mtbiking our trail system.
    > >>
    > >> That's got Trouble written all over it.
    > >
    > > Paladin
    > > ps: my wife read the report of our outing and approved the whole thing. Good gal.
    >
    > gad, you are such a "nice" guy.
    >
    > Penny

    Yeah, I know. We all have a good dog and a bad dog inside. The one you feed the most is the one in
    charge. Thankfully, I try to feed the good dog and starve the bad one. most of the time. And
    besides, I married so much better than I deserve, why risk it??

    Paladin
     
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