Friday, July 24, 2009

Day 30: Portland to Springfield

A red-letter day today! I took Jonah on his first mountain bike ride (Ron's brakes are out of commission, so he hiked with Elli and Peg instead). At one point, we were going down a pretty long descent. I was hanging back, giving Jonah some space, when I noticed him running, not riding, on the trail. Turns out he felt out of control so he jumped off the bike and ran down the trail. He managed not to get a scratch on him and he learned an important lesson about using both brakes, not just the back brake. He had taken our cautions about using the front brake a bit too literally and never used them. All in all, a successful first ride. Jonah was excited about getting his bike dirty, like a real mountain bike!

We ate a quick lunch while Ron did some work and then drove back to Springfield. We got back in time to do some laundry and then go to the Eugene Emeralds minor league baseball game. The game was lots of fun: cheap beer and food (much more reasonable than a major league game). It would have been better if the Ems had managed to win, but you can't have everything!

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