I took my 7 year old daughter, Helen, to go ride at St. Joe State Park in Missouri. It was her first time there. She has only ever rode on grass or clay. I knew riding in the lead tailings (sand) would be a new, and possibly difficult situation for her.
Sure enough, the first time we hit soft, deep, dry sand, she fell down. She would go maybe 10 yards and eat it, over and over again. Wow, was she frustrated. We had a huddle. Eyes up. Feet down. Don’t try to steer unless the gas is on. Go! And she went, and it was all ok. We rode all over the tailings and the flat trails, and she had a good time. She even learned to navigate the deep soft sand. By lunch, she was happy again, and feeling good about herself.
We snacked, and went back out to explore some more. Helen tied out the North end of trail 100, climbing some steep stuff, and then coming back down. That was probably her biggest adventure on the steep stuff. Then we meandered through the sand back to the parking lot. Sadly, we meandered a bit too long, and through a bit too much soft sand. By the time we reached the car, her arms were sore, and she had had enough. We need to spend about thirty minutes less on the sand next time. Duly noted.
But she did a great job! If there’s anything harder to ride on than soft sand, I don’t want to ride on it, and she wasn’t falling at all by the end of the day. I’m proud of that girl of mine.
I took a break from work today to go pick up my race packet for the Go! St. Louis Half Marathon. I noticed right away the early blooms on the trees. It’s starting to look like Spring.
The Fitness Weekend expo was at the Chaifetz Arena. It took me just about 20 minutes to get my race number, shirt, and program.
I hit a little bit of tight traffic on the way home because of road work on I-64 near the Poplar Street bridge.
I took a look at my shirt and race number once I got home.
A beautiful day after so much dreary wet and cold weather. I rode lots of motorcycles today. Three big ones, and one tiny one.
I started out by installing a FMF Q4 silencer and Powerbomb header on my ancient old YZ426F. The stock exhaust was tooth-rattlingly loud, as my neighbors would be willing to testify. Not so this tasty aftermarket setup! It sounds like a brand new, modern 4 stroke now. Lovely!
Just as I was finishing up, my brother John called me and invited me to meet him at Moto Europa. I took the Kawasaki, as it was a very nice day.
When I got there, John was filling out the forms so we could take their new Triumph Tiger 800XC for a test ride. He’s been interested by this new bike. We both rode it through the strange landscape of midtown.
It’s a great machine. It has the best transmission and clutch of any Triumph I have experienced, it makes smooth power, and it handles sharp as a tack. But it’s not a good ergonomic match for me, unfortunately. I’m just a little too short to really enjoy it.