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    My wife is smarter than I.

    Shocker, I know.



    On a recent gorgeous fall day she wanted to ride. Had a specific route in mind, even. It's a decent ride with OK trail and good views, but because it requires a ~45 minute drive each way I'm rarely excited about it. Just don't like to drive if I don't need to.



    Plus I had a pile of projects to putter on at the shop and in the garage, and I was tired from a few weeks of go-go-go helping with the bike testing.



    Ultimately she prevailed on me to join her. Honey low-angle fall light might have helped with the decision. The promise of hero dirt too.





    At the trailhead and on the initial climb I wasn't enthused. The noise and stink of texas wheelchairs were the main reasons why. I'm happy to see other people out enjoying the day, but I feel like I've failed if I end up riding within or even near anything that feels crowded.





    At a gate where the trail morphed from wide to skinny the 4-wheeled crowd got squeezed out and I finally began to enjoy the place and the day.





    Tacky dirt, diffuse, warm, and high contrast light, my favorite riding partner, my favorite bike, and a more or less empty trail were what we immersed ourselves in that afternoon.



    I almost always want to ride, but I've become pernickety on when and where I do.



    Fortunately my wife is smarter than I, and understands that once you've stepped past all of your hangups and made it beyond the threshold of the doorway things tend to work themselves out for the better.



    Also fortunately? She's usually willing to drag me along with.

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    Awesome and yes your wife is right!

    I'm low on mojo at the moment, I think we may have spoken about this?... A couple of weeks ago, I found myself forcing myself out of the door, to drive to my favoured trails. When I got there, I sat in my car for 5-10 minutes, actually contemplating going back home...

    I didn't, I forced myself out of the car, took the bike off the rack and started riding, slow, steady, just taking it all in.

    I had a great ride.

    It's amazing how a little bit of will power can improve your life.

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    Mike, I'm a fan of your wife.
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    My wife is smarter than I.

    Mike, what town was that near-ish?

    I need some western slope in my life, pronto. Some juniper lined trails and the smell of juniper smoke at night.


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    Mike, didn't your wife tell you that this thread should go in the new and improved Passion forum where all your other amazing ride continuations have gone?
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    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    Yea, sometimes you just need a kick in the pants. Be grateful you have a wife who is passionate about riding..at all. I tried for a few years to get mine into the sport before finally waking up and realizing it's just not her thing. She was sweet enough to give it a shot, mostly to make me happy..but it never took. It's fine though..I have friends to ride with, but hitting the trails with your spouse can be pretty awesome. Enjoy that time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Le Duke View Post
    Mike, what town was that near-ish?

    I need some western slope in my life, pronto. Some juniper lined trails and the smell of juniper smoke at night.


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    Very cool day indeed. I'm still trying to get my hun back on the horse after a missed pedal unclipping...
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    What is a texas wheelchair?

    Nevermind...found it on urban dictionary. LOL. Everything in Texas is LARGER.

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    My wife is smarter than I.

    Quote Originally Posted by bingemtbr View Post
    What is a texas wheelchair?
    4-wheeler. Or a side-by-side. Or the worst, a RZR.

    For people without the skill to ride a moto. Or, god help them, move under their own power.

    Each summer, CO, UT, and other mountain west states are flooded with Texans and their ATVs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Le Duke View Post
    4-wheeler. Or a side-by-side. Or the worst, a RZR.

    For people without the skill to ride a moto. Or, god help them, move under their own power.

    Each summer, CO, UT, and other mountain west states are flooded with Texans and their ATVs.

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    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    Lucky you for having a wife that you can go MTB'ing with. My wife is only a beach-cruiser type.... once a year on a sunny bright day
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Mike, didn't your wife tell you that this thread should go in the new and improved Passion forum where all your other amazing ride continuations have gone?

    I put it in General because more than 3 people per day use that forum.

    It got moved to the DOA new "Passion" forum despite that. Yay progress...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee View Post
    I put it in General because more than 3 people per day use that forum.

    It got moved to the DOA new "Passion" forum despite that. Yay progress...
    I understand. The name change with the first word not starting with P for Passion killed this forum. All the old regulars canít find it anymore. And the new ones coming in are overwhelmed at the number of forums. But letís not ruin this amazing ride contributetion thread with that crap.

    Keep your ride reports coming, I live for this stuff.
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    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    Who is the pototgrapher in the family? Amazing pictures!
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    My wife is faster, better looking, and smarter than I am. She drug me up there two weeks ago and I kept having to tell her to slow down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NoahColorado View Post
    My wife is faster, better looking, and smarter than I am. She drug me up there two weeks ago and I kept having to tell her to slow down.

    The only chance I get to tell Jeny to slow down is when she stops to wait at intersections to make sure I don't get lost...

    Otherwise it usually feels like riding solo.

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    If you consulted your wife, she would have told you to title this thread, "My wife is smarter than ME!"

    Very envious of those of you with partners that ride. My wife is tough as nails and was once a fearless rider until she had a bad fall. She ended up with a concussion and a 2nd degree shoulder separation. She is so tough that 2 days after the fall she drove her car, with a manual transmission, 500 miles with her right arm in a sling!

    Beautiful pictures Mike. Thanks as always...
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