Uphill and into the wind

Sunday, we took a 3‑hour bike trip up and down the Cardinal Greenway in Muncie. We made a round trip starting at the Depot trailhead in downtown, riding 17 miles to the Losantville trailhead for a picnic at the southern end, and returning.

Emily and I took turns towing David’s trailer. He keeps getting harder to pull. He’s up to 43 pounds, and the trailer adds 23 more. Neither of us could be sure, but it sure seemed to us that both segments of the trip were uphill. To settle my curiosity, I plotted the elevation profile of the trip, and sure enough, Emily’s half was the uphill portion, and I got the downhill. That may or may not have been lucky, since the return half was into the wind.

The net altitude gain on the first half was only 183 feet, but the entire round trip included 791 feet of climbing. “Real” cyclists will scoff, but hey, we’re from Indiana, so it’s not like we see hills very often.

David was a champ as usual, but I think he started to get a little bored toward the end. When we returned to the trailhead, David got to ride his Speed Racer bicycle for a while as I repacked the car and hitched up our bikes on the bike rack. I wish it would have been practical to let him ride more on his own. His time will come, and soon enough, we won’t be able to keep up!

Family bike & skate

Another beautiful Sunday spent biking and skating just over 14 miles on the Monon Trail. Nearly complete, the northern extension in Westfield brings the trail almost all the way to 161st street, 15 miles north of the downtown end. Further, Westfield has published plans to make additional extensions by the end of 2009. Carmel has made some improvements over the last season, as well, making more reasons why this is such a nice trail.

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First family bike ride of 2009

We took our first official family bike ride of 2009 on Sunday, a 14 mile trip up and down 116th Street in Fishers. We made a slight detour on the way home to stop by a construction site so David could check out the diggers. David definitely grew heavier over the winter! It was wonderful to enjoy the sun for a day. Emerging from hibernation is one of the best events of the year.

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