26 fieldhdj 1 month ago My earliest memory of riding was Dad taking off the training wheels and me riding up and down the driveway. It was the summer after Kindergarten. We moved to Fairfield Iowa shortly after that and I got a new bike, pretty sure it was a Raleigh, to me it looked like a smaller grown ups bike. I would ride up to the Carnegie library in town, then a little further to town limits, eventually to the old dirt farm roads. These were my private adventures, I never told anyone about them, until the crash. One day I found a rare downhill, a gravel road running down into a ravine. I pedaled down it, relishing the free speed.. Until I hit deep gravel at the bottom. I went over the handlebars, tumbling across the gravel into the ditch. I got a sprained ankle and was pretty scratched up. It was a long, painful walk home.Not long after, the obnoxious kid around the corner, Stewart, got a Mattel Stallion. All the sudden my bike seemed plain, even ordinary. I stopped riding for a short time after that.I eventually got a stingray clone, riding it until I got my first ten speed. It lasted until 7th grade, where it was one of a dozen bikes that ended up on the bottom of Hopkins Pond in Haddonfield, NJ. There was a little group of bullies and shitbirds, who stole bikes and drowned them after a joy ride. No kid got compensated that I heard of.We moved to rural Maryland, where it was all dirt bikes and cars. I didn’t get another bike until I got to Arkansas, where I got a Trek 4100 mountain bike. Lots of fun on the trails here, and my son Dylan and I had a great time riding the switchbacks and suffering on the climbs. I slacked off when he lost interest and rode infrequently until 2016.I’m riding again now, I have a road bike and a gravel grinder, but the mountain bike is gone - no more technical stuff for me. I did RAGBRAI in 2017 and had hoped to do it this year, but you know. Northwest Arkansas is a great place to ride, we have a 40 mile greenway (and growing), lots of gravel and single track. It still makes me feel like a kid.