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.
Nothing more enjoyable than a good hike out of town.