Posts Tagged ‘riding bikes’

Today was a nice day, not windy and not cold. The ground was dry and all of a sudden, some of us decided to go on a bike ride on the C&O. It was late when we got there, around 5:30pm. Only 2-3 people were there and so it was a very private and peaceful ride.

We also saw a lot of trees which had fallen and which had been chopped up on our drive over to the C&O. Did you know you can legally collect wood off the side of the road as long as it is public property? We were going to get some wood for next winter, but upon inspecting it, we decided it was not good wood. Recently cut and clean, which was good, but very painful to split because of the type of tree – so we let it go.

We had a great ride and when we came back home, we had a great supper: Chicken Sweet Potato Bake with Broccoli and Homemade Blueberry Pie a la mode.

Tomorrow it is going to snow so we are very glad we took the opportunity to pretend it was spring today 🙂

The camera that my mom got this Christmas is very good for how small it is, and it takes great pictures. It also has a good zoom, but we were all especially amazed at the filming.

We were riding bikes on the C&O towpath (Potomac River on our left, Virginia is across the river), and our mom decided to film with her camera just to see how well it performed. The C&O towpath is a dirt trail, and it’s not what you would call smooth, so while she was filming the camera was jerking around. However, when we watched the video, it was not very bumpy at all. It looked really smooth.

See what you think…. If you’re interested in seeing what this camera looks like, you can see it in our entry “Three Hundred Sixty-Four Days“.

UPDATE: John and I went back and re-watched the video and we realized that the quality is very bad. We think it may have something to do with WordPress though, because the video on our computer is high quality. I’m not sure why that happened, but we just wanted to let you know that the bad quality in the video above is not the camera’s fault.

Bike Riding

Posted: November 24, 2012 in Articles, Videos

Yesterday we went on a bike ride near our house. We’ve only gone there once before, but we knew that it was really fun. Right as soon as you begin, there’s a very big hill. There is also another big hill in the trail, and that one’s fun to go down too. Plenty of streams cross the trail, so there are a lot of wooden bridges that we get to ride over.

We eventually came upon a playground, where we quickly dismounted our bikes, went across the monkey bars, and did some pull-ups. If you go past the playground, you come a park. The first time we came here, that’s where we went, and we didn’t have anywhere to go from there.

We really like this trail, and when it’s a little bit less chill, we might come here again. Right now, it’s a little bit too nippy to ride bikes there. We can still walk, though. That’s probably still fun! Dink got some footage of him riding his bike down a hill and some more of him riding across some bridges. We hope you like it!

by John

The C&O Canal is a walking/biking path that we sometimes ride bikes on. The path is not paved, unlike some other trails that we sometimes ride on. Niles and John prefer asphalt, but I like unpaved roads better. There are some downfalls to an unpaved road, though. After it rains, there are some massive puddles and if it hasn’t rained in a long time, it’s very dusty. One time we were riding after a few rainy days and the path took a detour in order to avoid a huge puddle. Well, Niles and I were riding no hands and Niles ran into a tree because it was very hard to keep your balance on the detour. Anyway, Niles flew off his bike and fell into the puddle. I was right behind him and it looked really awesome. Luckily he wasn’t hurt, he was just muddy.

The C&O Canal runs for a long distance. I’m not exactly sure how long it is, but we start at Monocacy Aqueduct (shown in the pictures) and we ride a little bit past the Point of Rocks and back, which is a distance of about 12 miles. One thing I like about this bike ride is that if you’re riding at dusk, you can hear owls and sometimes you can even see one. You also see deer and squirrels on this path and the scenery is very nice as well.

by Dink