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    He said he didn't want to ride...

    He said he didn't want to ride as he wiped the sleep crusties out of the corner of his eyes. I nodded, but replied, "Come, on. It's a beautiful day out. Humor the old man; I may not be around a whole lot longer." Grumbling to himself, and perhaps more toward me, he slowly dressed and ate a quick breakfast as I filled the water bottles and pumped up the tires. We were only about 15 minutes into the ride and he's complaining, "Damn seat feels like it's working it's way up my lower intestines." I ignored it and we ride on in silence for the next 20 minutes. As we hit a section of road with lots of bright sunshine, he spotted a large black snake slowing slithering across the road ahead of us. "Hey, Dad. Look ahead.", he called out. I acknowledged the snake and asked, "Why do snakes cross the road?" There was no reply; I suspect he knew there was a bad pun waiting should he respond.

    We're now both warmed up and cruising along at a pretty good clip. As we pass a hedge row composed mostly of lilacs, he says, "Dad. Do you smell that? That must be one of the best smells in the world." I nod, take a deep breath and say, "Yeah, it's not too bad at all." Perhaps 200 to 300 yards down the road we pass a patch of blooming honeysuckle. I say, "Well, maybe this is the second best smell in the world." For the first time this morning he smiles and says, "It might be a tie. They're both pretty good."

    We've now been out for a bit over an hour and we approach a small mom and pop store. I ask if he wants to stop and get a piece of fruit or a sweet roll. He looks over and gins as he says, "Let's just keep riding." No complaints from me. So we push on. Now we're coming to a section with a pretty steep climb, and I'm concerned his mood will slip back toward the dark grumbling he was doing earlier. To my surprise I hear his chain drop down a cog as he shouts, "I'll race you to the top." Off we go with me watching his backside the entire climb. Once at the top I see that he has a big smirk on his face, and I bite my tongue and just keep quiet as he savors the victory.

    As we begin to approach the last mile before getting home again, I see that his face is relaxed, his legs are spinning smoothly, his head is held high, and I'm thinking, "That's my boy who's quickly turning into a man." Once home, we dismount and walk the bikes around to the back of the house. I look over at him and say, "So, didn't you say you didn't want to ride today?" He leans his bike against the shed, walks over and hugs me while whispering in my ear, "Thanks, Dad."
    Oh I used to be disgusted and now I try to be amused. But since their wings have got rusted, you know, the angels wanna wear my red shoes. But when they told me 'bout their side of the bargain, that's when I knew that I could not refuse. And I won't get any older, now the angels wanna wear my red shoes.

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    This read just made my morning. Glad y'all enjoyed the ride together.

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    +100 Been there too! I LOVE riding with my son, now 17. He's not much into these days with soccer and getting his license. It just takes one of his many female acquaintances to say something about riding the trail and he's there again. He'll come back eventually. Looking forward to it. (Now if I could just get my wife interested!)

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    I just HAD to add this one to the Special Rides page of the website.
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    Sounds familiar.
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    Awwwwwww..................
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    Awesome!

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    BSLeVan, priceless story!

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    GREAT POST, great ride, great relationship..............
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    I ride with my eleven-y-o. I need to learn better he is just there for the ride with dad. Dad on the other hand is looking for challenges. Any suggestions for a meeting of the minds?










    Actually, probably won't be a meeting, but we can still chew up some miles together.
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    Well written, thanks for the inspiration.

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    Well well well. Father really does know best. Nicely done sir. Very nicely done.
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    Nice story!

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    That's one you and your son won't forget, hope there are lots more to come for you two!
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    Great story, thanks for sharing something so special. As a dad I know how priceless that was.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RoMad View Post
    Great story, thanks for sharing something so special. As a dad I know how priceless that was.
    +1
    Now that my son is 18, with a part time job and full time girlfriend PLUS school, I can't even get him out of bed for breakfast. But when we do ride again I know he'll kick my butt on climbs and I'll catch him on the flats.

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    Outstanding story. You are a fortunate man.

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    I love this 50+ section, and this thread is one of the never-ending succession of reasons why I do!


    Great post. Great moment reading it. Great story!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BSLeVan View Post
    Now we're coming to a section with a pretty steep climb, and I'm concerned his mood will slip back toward the dark grumbling he was doing earlier. To my surprise I hear his chain drop down a cog as he shouts, "I'll race you to the top." Off we go with me watching his backside the entire climb. Once at the top I see that he has a big smirk on his face, and I bite my tongue and just keep quiet as he savors the victory.
    Nice story, BSLeVan.

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    Lovely story that brought a smile to my face!
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    Great story! My grandson is usually grumbling when we are climbing on the fire road up to the single track. Once he gets there though, his face lights up.

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    Man, I miss my dad. I live about four hours away from my parents so I don't see them very often (like once a month or so). I'll be up this weekend for mother's day (and the Eau Claire ValleyCat race). I think I can push at least one of my parents to go out riding with me. That story really reminds me of the relationship I have with my dad, though he was more likely to push my brother and I to go XC skiing than biking. I'm really glad there are more dad's out there like mine.
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    I loved your story. There's something about a bike ride that puts a smile on a face.
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