|My Sister In Law Lola.|
Not a traditional gang as you might think but a group of friends that share a common interest. Not a single bike among them was worth more than $1000.00 and they all had to turn wrenches and use a little bubble gum and duct tape just to keep their bikes running. Three kids are staying in a smallish house with a barely passable kitchen, but a two car garage.
Obviously they had some passion for bikes before school, because between them they actually have a passable garage with enough tools and equipment to repair almost anything that goes wrong. They do their own oil changes, maintenance and repair and when they're out a bike they are within walking distance to their jobs and school.
|Short break before more wondering|
When I arrived at their house they had just finished up repairing one of their scoots and wanted to go for a ride, which was admirable as most of my buddies packed up their bikes in the garage not to feel fresh air again until spring. I happily agreed and we set out through the college neighborhood heading for a fun area of trails and scenery. I had not been riding like that in a long time and quickly found that
my 02 King was more out of place than any of their little bikes.
We crossed through a park that was closed to the public but offered gates they sped through with ease leaving me to clumsily maneuver my huge bike as best I could through what seemed like an opening I could barely walk through. Once we made it through the park I found there weren't any roads they planned to use to get to the trail head. Instead we just rode on a running path which eventually came to a huge drainage culvert under the highway.
It’s not too much a stretch to say that these kids are making the most of something that in some ways I've forgotten. Every time they take a ride they feel as though they've earned it and they’re willing to work hard to keep enjoying their bikes and the places they lead. All in all I couldn't have asked for a better weekend away than the one those kids gave me.
I’m proud of those kids, all of them and I think they will do great things in life. I am looking forward to my next ride your way!