August 26, 2017

How to get 1 minute of bike track on 1/6 acre of backyard garden.



Meade has optimized a small space. It's not as easy as it may look, and it's a fun place for me to build some confidence.

ADDED: Here's the same backyard in 2013 (in late July):



Meade is demonstrating lawn-mowing there (and we're talking about landscape design that makes lawn-mowing an amusing activity), but I'm showing you this mostly so you can see how much has happened to the garden in the last 4 years.

38 comments:

chuck said...

The music needs a waterfall.

Ann Althouse said...

It was so hard to figure out the music!

The Godfather said...

I'm impressed.

Next Meade needs to add some grades -- all up, of course.

Meade said...

"The music needs a waterfall."

That's right. A flow track.

wild chicken said...

That's actually pretty good training for bike control.

tcrosse said...

An alternative choice of music:
Backyard Bicycle Music

Freeman Hunt said...

Pretty ingenious.

Meade said...

That reminds me.

Angel-Dyne said...

Hope you don't get offended if I say that was really cute.

Btw, beautiful garden.

Meade said...

Ha ha. Thanks.

cheddar said...

Could get some steps back there on the Fitbit.

madison mike said...

Seems to be a 20 second bike path. Were the musicians on the deck?

I covet your landscaping

Dave D said...

"Hope you don't get offended if I say that was really cute."

Thought the same thing. The whole miniature bike course brings that on. Also, nice backyard!

rehajm said...

There are rotarys exclusively for bikes? Holy crap!

FleetUSA said...

Perfect. I am sorry to hear the Prof lacks confidence in anything. Our Goddess.

Ann Althouse said...

It's a full minute because he's not repeating. There are 3 routes.

Ann Althouse said...

I lack confidence in about half of the things I do, and most things I don't even do.

With mountain biking, I'm at risk of slowing down to be cautious at a turn which can cause me to fall. I'm worried about running into the tree. I'm concerned out on the challenging trail about getting to the top of a climb. There's only a little climb in the backyard. Anyway, it's a nice way to remember that I can pay attention and do it right.

madAsHell said...

I'm not sure there is any confidence to be found on such a path.

madAsHell said...

Try skiing. I feel like a 15-year-old on Thursday at the pass. The other 15 year olds are in school.

SteveBrooklineMA said...

Awesome! Just needs some sweet jumps.

Danno said...

Knowing Meade, I was expecting a ramp off the roof culminating with a jump.

Ann Althouse said...

There's a jump under the deck, off camera.

Ann Althouse said...

I do cross country skiing in the winter, but I really can't do anything that's at all steep if it's curved. I didn't learn to do it at all until I was 58, so I expect little of myself. I've never done downhill skiing and it really is too late for that. I have a legitimate fear of falling.

Guildofcannonballs said...

On Using "How to ..."

Isn't there a prejudiced bias against other potential ways to ... thereby warranting a caveat or 8000?

What if someone with a different way looks at the credentials here and feels too inferior to creatively proceed?

I recommend, instead of the Orwell-hated* "How to" garnering of whatever it is that God-how-I-wish-it-were-peculiar locution garners, the elegant "One way" or "A method to" or maybe "Temporally wise configurations..."

*you gotta trust me here

Jessica said...

So cool! You continue to be an unlikely mento to me, Ann! -- Jessica

mccullough said...

Reminds me of the scene in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid with Paul Newman riding the bicycle

David said...

So is that you getting confidence or Meade showing off?

Yancey Ward said...

McCullough beat me to it, I was going to suggest a pen with a bull in it.

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exhelodrvr1 said...

Next - the tiny house!

EDH said...

I was thinking of this 'Laugh-In' guy from the 1960s.

Ann Althouse said...

"So is that you getting confidence or Meade showing off?"

To get Meade showing off, I'd need to follow him out to the mountain biking trails where there are intermediate and advanced tracks. He typically does 3 hours of that sort of thing. So picture 180 times as long on terrain much more complicated and that would be Meade showing off.

rehajm said...

You're not far off from this!

sunsong said...

kewl

The Elder said...

Yeah, but where are we going to play whiffle-ball?

Meade said...

Same place we skateboard and play kick-the-can — in the street.

American Liberal Elite said...

Now that's a reel mower.

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