The idea's been in my head to do a full morning of birding via bike since earlier last week. I'd be washing my dining room floor and mopping around the bike (where I keep it) and Brandon my youngest would walk by and ask an innocent question. "Mom, are you ever gonna ride that bike again"? My oldest Jimmy would be on the couch and I'd hear him laugh and reply "It's just another one of your hobbies you start and then it goes when you find another"? "Of course I'm going to ride it again, probably this upcoming weekend in fact", I'd reply slightly irritated my kids know me as well as they do. "Hey whatever happened to your trail running", my oldest would taunt. "Or that CrossFit kick you were on", my youngest would shoot back. I'd reply both of those hobbies are on the back burner for the time being due to chronic injuries and lack of time due to summer birding and now hiking which is true of course! "Yeah, speaking of birds how about that kayak you were gonna buy and go all around the Millbury ponds to look for ducks", my oldest would retaunt and both would be laughing as I gave them my killer Kim look which means they've hit a nerve. I have to admit though I did forget about my kayak idea and really need to re-explore it because from what I hear it's a fantastic upper body workout!
I hadn't really given up on the bike per say, it's just that I'm not really confident on one that's all. I bought the bike for mountain biking some of my favorite trail running trails and found them to be very technical in some spots and have had a couple of wipe outs that are too embarrassing to get into anymore detail. I'd try some street biking and had a collision with a parked car due to me misjudging the space I needed to maneuver around some overgrown brambles coming from someones yard and got my handlebar stuck in them and had to use my body as a shield between the car and the bike which had me bruised for over a week. I also find street biking to be dull so needed to think of a spot I could bird on less technical trails and no parked cars for collisions of course!
I find the most difficult thing about birding while riding a bike is how to position your binoculars and camera so you have them for immediate access, but positioned in a way they are not banging into the handle bars which could spell doom for me considering my past.
After a while my legs started getting used to the cycling and the lactic acid problem I had in the beginning would fade as my lungs accepted the fact they'd be working hard so we all got along well.
Take care all.