Walkers and bike riders (pictured above) share pathways in and around Golden.

Taking time to get a new perspective on your surroundings

We have all heard the saying “It is as easy as riding a bike.” Recently I (editor Darryl Crane) put that theory to the test.

We have all heard the saying “It is as easy as riding a bike.” Recently I put that theory to the test.

After nearly 20 years out of the saddle, I took a ride around some of the trails in Golden. Though I may not have looked graceful on my first ride, the appeal to why people come to the area for outdoor activities was easily found.

When you live in such a beautiful natural setting it seems even more natural to see some of it by hopping on a bike. It certainly puts a different perspective on the area where we live.

Riding a bike and not sitting in a car, suddenly you get a different view of natural surrounding.

The trails in Golden are well kept up and take you into places which may only be a short ride away from the town, but feel like you have entered a different time and space.

Added to this, there is something for everyone. Those people who love the mountain trails, who push the envelope, and people like myself who want to enjoy a leisurely ride, can also enjoy a day out for a ride.

It is a luxury to not have to pick one direction every day. There are so many trails to keep even the most dedicated ridersbusy.

The trails also provide the experience of seeing some of the smaller animals in nature.

Wildlife in general can be experienced in a way that you would not get from behind a wheel of a car.

Of course, if riding near town is the what you choose to do, then you will also have the chance to meet people from all over the world.

You never know who you will meet, because people stop here for a taste of what we can do every day.

The ride along the river is one of the nicest I have ever done.

You can move at your own pace, and, with ample places to stop and take a break, you can sit and watch the river flow by.

It is a ride unlike any other in many ways. The ride is entertaining and social. Those who take it will have the chance to see Golden from a new perspective.

In my case, I would say the saying should be, “Getting back on a bike may not be easy, but it is certainly worth the ride.”