Ok, so we had rented these mountain bikes and gone on an awesome 12 mile ride the day before. We were still in the Tetons, we still had our mountain bike rentals... how could we not go on another ride?
Tabb, Angie, Paris, Gus, and I spent the day hiking out at Grand Targhee Resort. We rode the ski lift up to the top, took some scenic pictures, then descended down the mountainside like a pack of goats. Gus as our Sherpa, we continued the day's adventure by squeezing in a ride before sunset.
This ride was a lesson in bike transportation. Instead of a loop from our condo, this time we would do a point to point ride. We had 5 bikes, two cars with 2-bike racks, and 1 driver. Hmmm.... Mitch's truck to the rescue! Once Tabb and Robb got Mitch's truck, we were able to "tailgate" our bikes and drive up to Grand Targhee.
We did a short, easy ride on Greenhorn Trail. Then we got to coast down the road all the way back to our condo. It was practically an amusement park ride, with a nice breeze. Some of those miles I averaged 24 mph (a first for me!). Our excellent sherpa, Gus, stopped us at a scenic overlook where we snapped some Teton pictures. (Yes, we are all flexing our shoulders and butts in this photo, ha!) Once we got back, we touted our "9+ mile" ride... but of course, downhill miles don't count.
So how did our mountain biking adventure begin? Well, it all started with our road trip from St. Louis to Driggs, ID for Mitch and Erin's "party" reception. The whole Prissel clan made it out to "Wydaho" for the event, and almost everyone brought a mountain bike. The day after the party, Tabb and I rented mountain bikes from Mitch's shop so that we could join the mountain biking Prissels (Robb, Paris, Paige, Dillon, Gus, Boone... basically everyone except us) on their afternoon adventure.
First things first: Today - July 18th, 2017 - I am starting a blog! I don't know how regularly I will stick to this. And I can promise you that it won't be half as eloquent as other blogs out there... but I am excited to start one and to actually have something to talk about and document.
Tabb and I have recently decided to start mountain biking. As you may or may not know, this hobby takes a serious investment, so we debated it for a bit before jumping in. (Our alternative way to spend the money was a trip to Hawaii... Sorry volcanoes, you will have to wait!) I had never mountain biked before, and found myself very overwhelmed with all there is to learn. I am slowly picking up on the main details and thought, "Why not document my evolution from mountain bike know-nothing to mountain biker?" It's been a mere 3 days since we bought our bikes, but boy have things taken off! While it is all still fresh in my mind, I am going to write it down (and post-date it) so that our full journey into the world of mountain bikes is documented.
Why Mountain Bikes?
Tabb's brother Mitch owns an outdoor gear store out in the Teton Valley called Habitat. Mitch and his wife, Erin, are avid mountain bikers - and of course they are fully loaded with all the good gear! Almost everyone in Tabb's family owns a mountain bike. And they don't just own them; they actually use them... on mountains! I've ridden my share of gravel, farm dirt, and railroads, but that is nothing in comparison (more on that later). We don't live in the mountains, but here in St. Louis we are pretty close to the Ozarks, which apparently have some sought-after bike trails. So, in addition to needing to exercise more, enjoying the outdoors, being close to some good trails, being surrounded by bikers, AND having a bike expert as a brother-in-law... it was really only a matter of time before Tabb and I got roped in too!
One of the first things I learned about mountain biking is that MTB is the shorthand for Mountain Bike. Gear, trails, etc. will all be labeled with "MTB" to let you know that it is mountain bike specific. Doesn't take a genius to figure this out, but I thought it would be a nice base for my blog title, Me & Tabb Bike.