First Family Ride

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April 14, 2013
Purple and Pink

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Purple and Pink
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2013 is our year of change. Among other things, we traded the big motorcycle for four smaller ones. Brenna was pleased to pick out some riding gear.

Harmless

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Harmless
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The kids hadn’t ridden motorcycles and Jessica had only ridden as part of the Idaho STAR program¹ so it seemed best to begin with a big flat area, something easily found here on the Snake River Plain. I remembered seeing a suitable spot off Pleasant Valley Road south of the prison. What it lacks in beauty it makes up for with dust and cows.

  1. Idaho STAR: idahostar.org/idahostar
Her first time on the TW

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Her first time on the TW
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We considered a few motorcycles before her height compelled this choice. I think it will be a good first enduro.

Off she goes

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Off she goes
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A natural

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A natural
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I had shown him earlier how to shift and, to his mother’s chagrin, he hasn’t slowed down since. He also hasn’t had any tumbles, though. Good job Hunter!

Clown car

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Clown car
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My nephew Colby was with us so he took a turn on Brenna’s and Hunter’s motorcycles.

I want to go last

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I want to go last
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Brenna wasn’t excited to ride. We tell her that’s just fine, she doesn’t have to. Her and I hung out at the trailer and watched the others come and go.

Just your size

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Just your size
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Running rough

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Running rough
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She let me push her around but didn’t want to work the throttle herself. I got a little exercise.

Alternative

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Instead of riding, Brenna was keen to pick up shotgun shells because “they’re pretty.” She collected quite a few.

While we picked up garbage, Jessica was off riding wild, apparently. She rode back covered in dust with bent handlebars and broken cowling. “I hit a pothole,” she explained. “I should have slowed down.”

She doesn’t seem much put off by the bruises and abrasions so expect to see the TW here again!