How I met a mountain lion and the thrill of the Idaho tour
Posted On June 20, 2021
My life’s adventure in the world of mountain biking began with a ride with my mother.
I was 10 years old.
We rode across the country, from Colorado to New Mexico, all in a single day.
I’d never been to a park, never been out in nature.
Riding on a bike, it was the most incredible experience I’d ever had.
I rode it alone for nearly 10 hours a day.
And for the next 10 years, I would do it with my dad.
It was a dream come true.
We were so excited to go out on our bike for the first time, riding at night and at low speeds.
There were no fences or anything.
We would race from Colorado, New Mexico to Utah, then back to Colorado.
It really was a life-changing experience.
After we’d ridden across the states, we went back to my home in Idaho.
I wanted to ride with some of my best friends, but the kids were a bit of a distance away.
So my dad gave me a mountain bike and taught me how to ride it.
I never rode it without my father.
And after that, I started to enjoy riding bikes.
We did the trail race in Idaho and rode back to the family ranch in New Mexico.
I learned a lot about mountain biking, including the basics.
I started going on the trail with my mom.
I’ve ridden all over the world, but never ridden anywhere like this.
And now, it’s been over 20 years since I’ve been to Idaho.
A year and a half ago, I got a call from my father telling me he was going on a mountain biking trip.
The trail was so far north and rugged that I didn’t think it would work out.
We wanted to go somewhere else.
I figured it would be a fun adventure to go on the trip.
I’m glad I got the chance.
I’ve been riding a lot in my life.
I went through a rough patch a few years ago when my parents divorced.
But I’ve found that I really like the challenge of mountain bike riding.
It’s a great adventure, a lot of fun.
When I go to the gym, I work out and get my body to work better.
I love the mountain biking experience.
I enjoy it, and it makes me a better person.
I do this job, so I’ve earned the right to be able to do it, too.
So what’s your secret?
What inspires you to ride?