18 hours ago
Saturday, May 31, 2008
I know you can't tell from this particular shot, but there's a nice downward slope on this road.
And going up this with your bike is a bitch. It's more than a workout for a ten year old. It's like training for some marathon. Which is why we usually didn't take this route on our bikes. We tended to head the other direction where the road was smoother and flatter.
It was a different story in winter time.
Especially when crusty ole Lester Grile would call off school. School would only be called off in the winter time for one of two reasons. First, blizzard conditions. Second, icy conditions.
As kids, we loved both. The ice though, had its bonus points.
You see, didn't matter what the temperature was. A day off of school, with a fresh sheet of ice - just waiting for us - well - that was almost better than the ice cream truck dropping off free bomb pops.
So, this is how it went down.
We'd tell the parents that we were hangin' at Brian Rice's house (it's on the left - but you can't see it because the trees hide it.
If we had enough kids, we'd break into three groups.
One group would stay towards the bottom - looking for any stupid cars that might try to come out of Cedar Crest OR which might try to make its way up Kyle (up the slope).
Side note: Most drivers avoided this area when it was icy because it was a guaranteed wipe-out.
One group would park themselves at the top of Kyle, watching out for the silly drivers who might approach from Tielker Road.
The other group would grab their plastic, toboggan sleds (mine was red - got it at Mr. Wiggs I think) and ride them down the slope, holding on for dear life.
Things to look out for:
* Other sledders
* Utility poles
Otherwise, the name of the game was, see how far and fast you could go without injuring a body part.
And everybody would rotate.
And keep on slidin' down that slope - until it was time to go home for supper.
And that's how we spent our icy winters. Slidin' down the slope with our plastic, toboggan sleds.
Final note: if you've never rode down a slope on a plastic toboggan sled - you haven't experienced life. There's nothing like a thin piece of plastic between you and a sheet of ice and the wind ripping your face off as you hold on for the ride of your life. Guaranteed to erase all of your worries of the day.