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Meeting a Rockstar on the Trail

Meeting a Rockstar on the Trail

One of the things that I’ve always said interest me about off-road riding is that you have the opportunity to see things that you might not when you’re on your streetbike. Getting to see animals that aren’t squished is always a treat.

On our last ride, Chloe and I saw deer and a red fox. For a kid who loves animals that was a major score. But, my favorite animal of the day was Rockstar Horse. He was hanging out doing horse-things with his friends in a corral at the edge of the property.

Chloe and Mommy

We parked our bikes up on a hill and walked down to take a look. I’ve heard it said that horses get kind of creeped out when they can’t see your eyes, so Chloe and I took our helmets off as we approached them.

Rockstar Horse

Check out that sweet Andy Warhol hairdo!

Look at ‘im. He’s all hipster-pony and “Whatevs, I was totally into Band of Horses before they got big.”  I just love this guy.

Do horses get winter coats or are some just naturally more shaggy than others?

Moto Photo: Me and My Shadow

Moto Photo: Me and My Shadow

It’s that time of year when the shadows start to get long early in the day.

me and my shadow

This photo was snapped on the GoPro when Chloe and I were out riding our dirt bikes. Just my girl and me… and our shadows.

How About You?

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Memorial Day Weekend Family Dirt Riding

Memorial Day Weekend Family Dirt Riding

The long Memorial Day weekend gave our little family a lot of time to do the things we love, together. We hung around on the beach, barbequed and thanks to the generosity of friends – there was even some time to do some family trail riding.

Kenny Family Dirt Day

Chloe continues to progress in her riding. As a mom, I stand around watching her go – just beaming.

Chloe riding in the woods

With a child, you carry the hope in your heart that they do things  – not to please you – but because whatever it is speaks to them. That was one of the things I wrestled with, when we surprised Chloe with her dirt bike. Never having ridden one before how could we possibly know whether she would like it or not?

I can say with confidence that my monkey loves her dirt bike, not because anyone wants her to. But because it’s fun.

Chloe on the trail

Watching her move through the trail with confidence and grace is inspiring. Seeing her unfazed after wiping out, picking her bike back up and get going again makes me so proud. She has a self-sufficiency and fearlessness that I wish I could master.

Kids can teach you so much.

The Joy of Being a Motorcycle Momma

The Joy of Being a Motorcycle Momma

Chloe has never asked for a dirt bike of her own so getting one for her birthday was a big surprise.

While at work last week, I got a video clip of Chloe masterfully doing circles and figure 8’s around the backyard. Watching my monkey out there motoring through the yard absolutely lit my heart up.

In no time at all, she went from tentative wobbling to graceful motion.

I can honestly say that I never really knew the limitless depth of happiness until I became a parent. The ability to be truly happy for someone else went to a whole other level. Watching your child triumph is a gift.

Okay, Let’s Ride!

On Sunday, Chloe got to try her new wheels outside of the confines of our yard. Our family went to a trail riding event hosted by the Long Island Recreational Trails Conservancy.

She began her day riding around a course that ran through a plowed cornfield. It is designed to let beginners exercise their new skills while parents can clearly see them move through the course. The ground is soft, there isn’t anything hard to run in to. It’s a great low pressure environment to learn in.
Chloe Riding the beginner course

Just watching her riding along, it seemed to me that a kid possesses some innate knowledge of how to do things. I guess “life” hasn’t clogged up their thinking with a bunch of what if’s and noise. They just seem to operate on instinct.

Chloe riding in the woods

Once she got comfortable moving through the course, we took her into the woods. She seemed completely relaxed navigating her way along the trail and snaking through the trees. When I consider this was her first day of riding a motorcycle on something other than the wide open grass of our backyard, I was completely impressed. She did great!

Kenny and Chloe riding in the woods

There was no complaining, no I can’t or I don’t know how – Chloe jumped in with both feet and went for it.
Oopsie - Chloe picks up her bike

Sure, she fell along the way but she became adept at picking herself back up and getting herself back on the trail. I could stand to take a few pointers from her.

I had a great day!When we came home, we sat outside talking about the day. I asked her what her favorite part was. Her answer was, “I didn’t have one.”

I must admit I was a little taken off guard by that until she followed it up with, “I loved all of it. Well,… not so much the falling.”

After being out on the bikes all day, Chloe asked if she could ride some more in the backyard.

I love her spirit, resilience and her ability to accept the idea that anything is possible. That last bit is something so many grown-ups seem to un-learn.

I’m one seriously proud Momma.

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