|My new name is Princess MudPuddle |Today Scooterpie Jr and I went and played in the dirt. It was beginner day at West Shore Moto X. At first I was going to just watch her go for it, but then I decided I was going to give it a try. I rode a little Honda 80cc. After I was given some instruction about riding in the dirt and the subtle differences between dirt and street - do not use the front brake. Off I went. At first I was very tentative and it felt weird and very foreign to all my street riding sensibilities. I was going slower than molasses the first few laps.
It was a little disconcerting feeling the bike slip and slide. Truthfully it felt like riding on slippery marbles. After the third lap I was starting to get the feel of cornering and learning to ride with it and not fight against it. Then there was the puddles....Oh my goodness I seem to love the puddles just as much as Scooterpie Jr does. I could not resist plowing through them and getting soaking wet. I was squealing with delight!
What a novel idea looking where you want to go -
I can hear my riding instructor Gord saying it in my head.
Once I got over the initial fear of sliding and falling it seemed to get easier. I had a death grip on the bars and finally that eased up as I was getting comfortable with riding on an unstable surface. I couldn't resist the puddles on every lap and wish they had more! My boots were full of water and I could feel it swishing around. I rode for about an hour and I was exhausted but very happy when we finished. I have decided that I need to add a dirt bike to my riding stable. I am totally hooked on this, I never thought I would be, but HOLY HANNAH this was FUN!!!!!!!
It seems a few times I was concentrating so hard that I forgot to look where I wanted to go and actually ended up sliding in a turn and almost went over the berm, WIPEOUT!! Thank goodness I was wearing full gear because the peg smashed my ankle bone and it is a little tender, but do not think that this stopped me for one minute, got back on and off I went hunting mud puddles.
Scooterpie Jr and her friend getting
instruction before heading out to the track.
After awhile I dropped the old lady speed and started whipping around the track. I was standing up on the pegs and even caught air a couple of times. Who'd of thunk at my age I would love this. Hmmm I wonder if I should try super moto next.... I have already checked out the internet for a used dirt bike.
I had my own little lake inside my boots and yup I got dirty! My legs felt like jello and my arms were tired, but I was euphoric from the experience and I can hardly wait until we go play in the puddles again. I wish I had discovered this years ago, and if you haven't tried it, you should!
My friend Edith came out and she captured my mud moments for me on my camera. Thanks Edith!!