The next day we mountain biked for our first time ever alongside Lake Wanaka. Could not beat the view and the weather was again cooperative. It was a gorgeous day to try out a new sport.
Gorgeous, fun, kinda crazy! Road bikers for over 30 years, we are both now smitten with mountain biking. We have a new sport to try at stops along the way on this trip and in future adventures.
I don’t think either of us ever got our mountain biker friends who would sport a bandaged elbow or stitched knee or want to talk components on the latest mountain bike innovations. But I finally realized there are options besides struggling straight up and then barreling straight down. And the skill….you gotta be good at changing gears and how to ride the bumpy rocks and ridges. I have new appreciation for the skills of mountain bikers and am challenged to master this new sport as we travel.
It is like hiking. No cars or traffic to distract from the beautiful scenery. A great way to explore and enjoy nature. Just on a bike.