This is the story of two people in their late sixties determined to ride bikes again like they did when they were kids. Well, not anything like that but you get the idea.
This pandemic has inspired us and many others to buy bicycles. We tried our daughter’s bike and enjoyed the freedom of the open air along the way. We’d like to take our bikes to various areas of Prince Edward Island to ride the trails.
One of the blogs I enjoy, Debbie @ It’s all about purple, link below, has an ebike which she uses in and around New Jersey. She inspired me. My husband was eager to try the ebike too when he learned of it. Debbie
We ordered two Rad Power bikes, one of which arrived this week. Mine will arrive in September. These bikes are peddle assist with a battery which can help if you need it. We have health issues which will make the assistance valuable when required. Our younger selves could never have imagined such a bike. We had to try it.
Off we went at 7 a.m. to one of the local trails. It was going to be a hot day but the early morning breeze made the heat bearable at this early hour. I had our daughter’s bike again and my husband was on his new Rad. We were doing well until I had to go through a gate to the trail. Down I went on my left knee, as if in slow motion, onto a mass of tiny pebbles below. It was hard to rise with the bike on top of me. I had pebbles stuck in the broken flesh of my knee but no other injuries. I was able to continue on and even tried the new bike with and without the pedal assist.
Along the way, a man in a wheel chair wheeled himself along the trail while a friend walked beside him. That man was an athlete in every sense of the word. While we were stopped to clean my knee, a man with a prosthetic arm sped by on his bike. These men also inspired us.
We hope to ride in different areas of the island on the Confederation Trail, the Heritage Roads and in the National Park on the bike trails. Cycling is another dimension of physical activity and experience we hope to enjoy for as long as our health allows.
I feel like a kid again waiting for her new bike and so excited to ride. I hope my knees can take it though. I’ll keep you posted.