Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Bike Adventures

This past weekend I went on a biking adventure with my fellow bike gang "The Montars" at Withlacoochee (With withlacoochee wha?) State Trail in Ocala, Florida. Before things get crazy, we're just a bunch of friends who love biking together. No gang related nonsense, we just thought it would be funny to name ourselves something bike related, Montar meaning"to ride" in Spanish. Anyway, it was planned to ride this trail, go camping for the night, and then come back the next morning. 

My thoughts: I love to go biking, I rarely go camping, & I get to hang with my buds, alright I'm in! Little did I know that the trail was 46 miles long til I got there.

Ok so 46 miles might not be a lot to some people, but let me put things into perspective. When I ride bike around downtown I ride around for about 16-20 miles, and that's with stops in between. I seriously don't train to do long distance biking. So when I started this ride I had a positive outlook. We stopped after 16 miles to grab some lunch at an Italian place close to Dunnellon, FL and then got ready to ride. The rest of the ride, I wasn't ready for. Long story short, I was way to tired, some of us got separated so as not to leave me behind, and by the time we got to to campsite we were dead tired. The next day, I had to get the park ranger to take me back to the van to wait for the others. It was embarrassing!

So I might look like a lame-o, but you know what? I'm actually really proud of myself. I did close to 50 miles that day. As my friend John pointed out, I would have never done that on my own. I'm so proud of my friends who did the actual 100 miles, in the rain no less, as well. We each pushed ourselves hard this past weekend in our own ways, and made great new memories/stories to tell in the future. Next time though, I think I'll get a better bike seat and plan ahead for a lengthy ride. 

What are some adventures have you had lately?

Photos courtesy of Matt Wyke


Remember that time...

When I said I was going to start blogging more? Ha! Well it took me two months, but at least I'm starting to blog (better late than never!). So here I go again. I've been reading a lot of blogs lately, trying to get some ideas on what I want to write about. Right now I'm enrolled in an E-course taught by the lovely Elsie Larson, to better my blogging skills. Yes, I'm a nerd and I like to take classes outside of college. I studied abroad in Spain and took courses that had nothing to do with my major, fun huh? :]

Well as I've taught about what kind of blog I want this to be, I've realized I just want it to be somewhere where I can just let my creativity out. I have waaaaay to many hobbies and I feel like I need to document them. Why not? I'm sure someone will care out there in internet world. If not, well at least I can look back at my posts one day and see what a crazy kid I was trying to do all these hobbies while trying to get a college education.

With that being said, let's get this show on the road!