Most of the friends I’ve made since moving to Washington in 2002, I’ve met through mountain biking. Unlike running, which I do alone, or my various indoor hobbies, mountain biking isn’t just something I do because it’s fun, or because it provides an endorphin-fueled workout in the wild. It’s also the bulk of my social life — and now it’s given me some Lake Tahoe mountain biking experience.
Whether it’s been races, camping trips, backcountry epics, or post-ride meals and beers, mountain biking has been a lot more fun thanks to the guys I ride with.
Sadly, I’ve had to watch from afar on too many occasions as life and a seasonal work schedule kept me pinned to my desk, continuing my writer’s life of self-imposed solitary refinement.
But not this time.
Despite having agents waiting on my manuscript, I said yes. Despite needing to spend the month of August (and beyond) working on-site at Nintendo, I said yes.
After all, it’s not everyday a friend invites you to join him at his family cabin in Lake Tahoe… and another friend offers to fly you there in his private plane.
Riding in the Sierra
All in all, it was a fantastic week spent riding excellent trails with great people. Though the novelty of flying in a small aircraft certainly wears off long before the 5.5 hour journey was complete, it was certainly an experience to remember. I’m already looking forward to going back next year.
Doug Walsh is a writer, traveler, cyclist, and gamer who spent two years traveling from Seattle to Singapore, the long way around, by bicycle and sea. He's the author of the upcoming novel "Tailwinds Past Florence."