After I moved to Arizona in August of 2006, I nearly stopped riding my bike for exercise or recreation. Only at rare times did I go out and ride, and often I found it boring or way too painful for my neck and arm joints. Especially after trail rides south of town. A collision on NAU's campus in October of 2006 played a part in that, but I had some issues from riding for the previous decade. An adrenaline ride up and down Snowbowl Road was fun, but something about doing highway speeds (up to 57 MPH) on a bike just does not safe. Now I find myself in a location with limited hiking opportunities, and even if you enjoy nearly level or level hikes, the access issues and length of these shorter hikes is not something where I see a high return of hiking challenge for my investment of travel time or vehicle wear. Skeleton Mesa is a perfect example of that. The hike was practically over before I felt like it was getting going, and the road in and out was far from good for my aging auto.
So, if you got through all that, the point: I guess it's time to start riding my mountain bike again.
Not sure how I feel about it, but I suppose it will be good to keep active, exercise, and see the country side.
Spring winds are still annoying, but if they aren't filled with dirt or cold, they aren't that bad.