The Tinii

It's plural for Tinius, because we said so.

Mountain Biking Haiti- Josh

1 Comment

Here in Haiti, we live way down in the valley in a neighborhood called Santo. The house looks out over a pretty awesome Mountain Range.  My first thought when we arrived was, “I have to mountain bike that”( even though I’ve never really mountain biked).

Mountain

I planned on just buying a bike off the street, but our Haitian friend, Robinson, said he knew of a good place to buy a bike. So, he took me to the “bike store” where I could get a mountain bike. This place is downtown in a big market.

bike store

Bike Store

The number of bikes in this picture really does not do justice to the experience.  There must have been ten times that many bicycles at that place! I actually found a newer one for only $80. It’s nothing fancy, but I was glad to have found it in that awesome mess.

My friend, Brian (who actually mountain bikes), wanted to join in so we looked up a few places and took some suggestions. We woke up before sunrise to beat the heat. Not really knowing where to go, my friend Brian and I took the suggestion of a friend who described this road near Titanyen as “rolling hills” that have some really great views. I figured rolling hills = beginner mountain biking. So, we loaded up and came to these “rolling hills”…

IMAG2131 (2)

mountain biking tytt

Clearly this was more than rolling hills.

My Stats - WordPress.com(1)

We mostly were riding on the gravel road.  But once we got to the top we found some goat trails that also made great single track riding.

Screen Capture Options

The ride back down was filled with obstacles.

Screen Capture Options(1)

And more obstacles.

My Stats - WordPress.com(4)

All in all it was a great time.  But luckily I met somebody the other day who knows where there are some trails much more conducive for riding.  I know there is a 30 something mile trail that goes from PaP to Jacmel on the south coast. Once I master “rolling hills” and dodging goats, maybe I’ll give it a shot.

Advertisements

One thought on “Mountain Biking Haiti- Josh

  1. Hey guys, just read a chunk of your blog. I exchanged e-mail with Josh months ago re. Willy.
    Looking for similar sailboat, dreaming about what you guys have done. One day…
    Great blog. We sail some on Lake Lanier, small 20′ swing keel.
    We (Amy and me) have 3 kids 7,12,17. 17 year old wants to go to mom and dad’s college in Alabama (that ‘Red Team’ – come on Josh, its Crimson!) Roll Tide Roll…

    Good luck in your travels! Look us up if ever near Lake Lanier (20 miles north of Atl., GA). Matt, Amy et al Dominick

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s