New England took a timeout from the cold-frigid weather and blessed us with some warm summer-like days so naturally I took advantage of that and tested out mountain biking. Except, I am no where near being experienced enough to bike down a mountain, so I settled for biking on trails. I’m glad I did because even that was difficult, so I can’t even imagine doing that on a slope.
My best friend, Bridget and I biked along the Nashua River Rail Trail for a bit, but then took a path that led into the woods. That’s where it became more difficult. Every root and rock knocked me unbalanced, and bumped me up and down (which hurt my back after a while!) And the overgrown bushes and branches scraping my legs as well as the various ticks and bugs that came along for the ride, made me wish that I’d worn longer pants.
Other than the pain it comes with, mountain biking is still a really great outdoor exercise. It doesn’t take much to set up (all you really need is a bike) and it can take as long or as short as you want- for Bridget and I, it took us about 30 minutes (excluding when we stopped for a break to look into the river).
(Feel It Still by Portugal. The Man)
I think that it can be more exciting than hiking because the bumps and turns making it feel like a roller coaster. It can be even more fun if you have a beautiful scenery to admire. And even though it was a lot more work than we had anticipated, it was well worth the effort.