Jun 19, 2012
I Want to Ride my Bicycle, I Want to Ride my Bike...
The thing I love most about bike riding is that it is so versatile to any one's particular abilities. You can push yourself as much as you want or as little as you want and you are still getting a better workout that you would have received if you were in your car. Biking is such a great summer activity that people of all ages can enjoy. I was so proud of my six year old sister who biked the whole twelve miles without so much as a single complaint. (That's saying something.)
When I was with my family, we took it slow and steady so as to enjoy the scenery and even stopped downtown for a quick peek at the farmers market and a bite at The Pie Hole Pizzeria. There's something great about eating a cheesy greasy pizza without any guilt as your legs are on fire from your great workout. We topped off our lunch with a little bit of Aspen Leaf Frozen Yogurt and headed back along the path. We made a few stops while we were downtown, including the capitol building, we rode by the zoo, a few memorials and statues, and then returned to the greenbelt near Boise State University. In four and a half hours I saw dozens of places I had never seen before in all of my time visiting Boise.
The greatest thing about this bike ride was that it didn't feel like a monotonous workout. I enjoyed every minute of it and would have biked even longer if we had the time. How many of you have a bike? How many of you have a friend with a bike? Why don't you get up off your couch and head down to the nearest park to you? or why not just start biking and see where you end up? I promise you that you will find places and things that you have never seen before even in your own town.
Just a few ideas of places to go and things to do while you are biking...
1. Garage sales... Every Saturday morning there are a ton of them in your area, so why not strap a backpack on your back and a few dollars in your sports bra and go see what kinds of trinkets you can find for $0.50?
2. Bike to work... not only do you get a good work out, but you are saving the environment a little bit at a time. You don't have to it every day, just pick one day a week that you can bike to work if you can.
3. Bike to the park and ride around... With a bike, you can ride to the park that is farther away from your house and enjoy a new scenery.
4. Bike for a date... It is hard sometimes to find fun and exciting things to do for a date, especially when you feel like you have done everything. So why don't you pick up your date and bike to the nearest fro-yo shop or snow cone shack, the cool treat will help you cool off while you sit in the grass and make conversation.
5. Bike to the beach, if you are lucky enough to live near one. When Lynn and I lived in San Diego growing up we would bike along the beaches on Coronado Island with the family, it is so much fun.
6. Bike the mountains... If you are lucky enough to have a mountain near you then you can try riding a trail through the lush greenery and enjoy more intense workout.
7. Bike the trails... Lucky for us, there are people who have taken the work out of trying to find a good biking trail, www.trails.com is a great site to search for trails in your area. Just put in your area code and depending on your area, you have dozens of great trail ideas.
These are just few ideas of where you can take your bike, where do you take yours?
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