Eye on Monday: Bonding with the Red River

I’ve been long overdue to get down to the Red River.  After watching, reading and hearing about what happened in the Fargo-Moorhead area this past winter, I needed to meet the river, face-to-face.  It was imperative I gathered myself, geared up and did some hard riding to learn what makes this river tick. 

Lacking my own heavy-duty, trail-worthy mountain bike but feeling relatively secure in my manhood, I borrowed the wheels from a certain five-year-old girl who lives under the same roof as me. 

Actually, “borrowed” may not be wholly accurate.  Let’s just say a bargain was struck and I wasn’t even present to vote on it. 

Until today I was unaware of the Wheels for Ice Cream bill, passed in the Gabriel House just this morning.  The bill is very simple:

  • One scoop would allow me 30 minutes on the bike.   
  • Two scoops would get me an hour. 
  • Three or more scoops and I get unlimited time on the bike, plus…she goes to bed the second I ask her.  No debate, no stalling, no tantrums. 

There was, however, a small item on page 117 of the bill – the final page dealing with the three-scoop option – that gave me cause for concern:  If she doesn’t finish all three scoops, the “goes to bed the second I ask her” language is thrown out.

I rode for 60 minutes.  She ate her two scoops while I sprawled out on a picnic table with ice packs on my knees.

A man and his daughter's bike

Filed Under: bikingChristopher GabrielFargohumorNorth Dakota

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  1. Jules says:

    Did you get to honk the horn on the bicycle? At least the white basket matches your white hat. What a pair!
    .-= Jules´s last blog ..My Comfy Bear!!!! =-.

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    Christopher Gabriel Reply:

    Jules – So there’s this little bell on the handlebars. I tried ringing it once and nearly tumbled off the thing into the river. A little boy nearby said “maybe you shouldn’t ring the bell.”

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  2. terri says:

    Where’s your helmet, Mister? What sort of example are you setting for the young people of America by not wearing a helmet?

    Another thing to consider for future rides… chaps. I think you need some leathers!
    .-= terri´s last blog ..Back from Vacation =-.

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    Christopher Gabriel Reply:

    My helmet……..what are you talking about? Don’t you see it? It’s right there, on my head. It’s just very, very small….

    Very……………………………..small.

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  3. PhillyPat says:

    You have a certain Lance Armstrong look in this photo. Can’t quite get a look at the quads tho…

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  4. Mike says:

    You look like a total bad-ass from the arms up.
    .-= Mike´s last blog ..UpdateForm =-.

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    Christopher Gabriel Reply:

    And from the arms down…you’re thinking maybe PhotoShop is in my future? 🙂

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