thrill -- Cache Valley is cyclists' paradise
By Emily Metts
April 29, 2009 | I moved to Cache Valley several years
ago from a big city and I really had no idea what I
was getting myself into. People here love the outdoors,
and not only the outdoors but the lifestyle that comes
One of the biggest obsessions I have found is mountain
biking. To me I don't understand it. We have all been
riding bikes since we were children, where is the excitement
in that, but some people live for it. They spend countless
hours and too much money on what I am told is something
that I have to try first before I can understand it.
Recently I was talking to my good friend Nolan
and he was trying to explain it to me. He told me that
"the adrenaline rush of being able to fly down a mountain
and drop off rocks is such a thrill. It's kinda like
the need for speed."
I told him I guess it's a guy thing that I will never
understand. He however, was unable to accept that so
he challenged me to come on a ride with him that coming
weekend. I accepted, and told myself that there had
to be more to this than what meets the eye.
The day arrived and I went to the
Outdoor Recreation Center at USU to get a bike.
The next thing I knew I was on a bike looking up at
the mountain I was supposed to climb.
Nolan told me he was taking me on a beginners hill.
I think he lied. It was so hard trying to ride up. It
was steep and I began to think my apprehension about
mountain biking was right on. As soon as I thought that
we reached the top of the hill. Nolan said, "now this
is when things get really fun."
I started my bike down the hill, but was very timid
at first. I had my hand on the break and would not let
go. As I got further down I began to let off a little
and began to understand just what he was talking about.
The rush I felt was unlike anything I had felt for a
while, and when I got down I wanted to do it again.
Now I am beginning to understand the outdoor lifestyle
here a little bit more. I admit I judged too quickly.
Outdoor stuff isn't all bad. Maybe Cache Valley got
it right, and it is one of the best places to play,
especially now that the weather is warming up.
It is just too bad I didn't realize it sooner. I have
wasted a lot of time, time I could have spent mountain