|Veteran's Park - Butler, Ohio
Wow! time sure is a relentless rider. My son is in the tenth grade now. Seems like just yesterday he was rocking the the twenty inch BMX. He's become a fine young man and still rides his bike to school although now he rolls on 700c wheels.
Wyatt takes after his old man in that he's not of fan of ball sports but he does care deeply about his physical fitness. When he noticed me messing about with my bicycle the other day he suggested that a nice long bike ride would be a great way to add some endurance training to his regular exercise routine. He had my attention at "long bike ride"! I said if your up to it let's ride the B&O.
So we loaded up on a late Sunday morning and headed over to the trail. Now I wouldn't think of riding a regular bike for 2+ hours without a pair of padded shorts and a jersey but Wyatt does not concern himself with the fredly trappings of a cyclist's kit. His standard uniform of khaki pants and white tee shirt suited him fine.
He did make a great comment later after our ride: "Usually when we ride the rail trail we get passed by these groups of guys that look like you do with your serious bikes and a nod inferring to my stretchy clothes. But not this ride."
I just let him set the pace for most of the ride and I think he was pretty pleased with himself that in 36 miles he was the one doing all the passing. He's also learned how to meter out his power slowly and not burn up too soon.
I felt pretty good also considering this was only my second time out. The fact thatWyatt has become a good rider and can keep up a steady speed really helped to keep me spinning and lessening the pressure on the road bike saddle.
B & O Trail
Distance: 37.19 Miles
Average Speed: 13.73 mph