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Rode with my Dad today... One of the best rides of my life!(9 posts)

Rode with my Dad today... One of the best rides of my life!Tig
Jan 9, 2003 3:44 PM
(cross posted from MTBReview)
It wasn't the fastest, nor was it on some beautiful Rocky Mountain trail. It still turned out the be the best ride. Doing something like this with your dad is special, and I'll always remember it. This is actually the second ride with him in a week. We are taking advantage of the mild Texas winter.
My dad has always been active (dirt bikes, kayaking, etc.), but didn't get into MTB riding until a year ago at the age of 69! He lives most of the year in Mexico, exploring the canyon trails and fending off packs of wild dogs and even wilder thorns on his OCLV. He's not in the best of shape thanks to age and the related standard health problems, as well as smoking for 3 decades (has quit for 4 years now), but he handled the technical single track of the Ho Chi Mihn and Cambodia trails today like someone 20 years younger.

You can say I'm proud of the ol' guy. Hell yes!
Nice post!jesse1
Jan 9, 2003 3:59 PM
Tig, you've got something special going on there! I'm 52 and my daughter is 29 and although she can't hammer with me & my pals, she's still my favorite riding partner!
That's awesomemickey-mac
Jan 9, 2003 5:02 PM
My dad's only 61, but I don't see him hitting the road any time soon. He did start playing soccer at about 40 and played until 50, but hasn't been participating in sports since he broke his leg playing. He does have an active and dangerous job (railroader) and at this point doesn't seem to have a lot of interest in off the job exercise. I hope that I'm still riding when my kids get older and that they want to ride with me some day. Congratulations on a fun and meaningful experience with the old man.
Terrific; savor days like these! NMsn69
Jan 9, 2003 5:21 PM
Great post Tig!Dave Hickey
Jan 9, 2003 6:50 PM
Enjoy those times. That is a great post
Great post Tig!rodey
Jan 9, 2003 8:36 PM
Right On Tig!
re: Rode with my Dad today... One of the best rides of my life!kameamea
Jan 10, 2003 4:36 AM
Great post. My Pop doesnt ride but I grew up surfing with him. I miss those days in the water he and I had. I wish we were able surf again together, but now I live on the east coast and after his by-pass surgery his stamina is not what it used to be. But i gladly take any oppurtunity I can to get in the water with him, even if the sessions are short and few and far between. It seems like when were in the water we surf less and B.S. more and more. I am rambling.

It may sound hokey but cherish the rides with your old man they will always be the best.
thanks tig!madstork
Jan 10, 2003 6:01 AM
I think you're fortunate to have such a great example in your dad. Getting started in mountain biking at his age - man, your dad is a great example for all of us!
One more pic of him on some technical single trackTig
Jan 10, 2003 6:05 AM
Although it doesn't appear steep, some of these crossings get a little hairy. He managed to ride a full 2 1/2 hours with a few short breaks.