Scouts-L Mail Archive for April of 1999: If anyone even remembers the saga...
If anyone even remembers the saga...
Mon, 26 Apr 1999 15:04:05 EDT
...of my broken wrist while doing a second class requirement with #2 son in
Wisconsin, I finally rode a bike again last weekend. In Wisconsin. And I am
not writing like e.e. cummings again, so....
First ride since September, made it 14 miles of the 24 (please note: State of
Wisconsin bike trail, listed in the brochure as 22 miles but requiring a mile
ride from campground to trailhead, where the endpost going the other way
reads "Mile 23") and probably only walked one or two of those miles (lets
just say it was way too soon and my wrist is not strong enough to control a
bike on anything other than a paved surface at this time). #2 son made 17 of
the 24 miles on his 20", no-gears bike (he had weeks to decide, and three
better trail bikes to learn on, but when half the troop shows up with the
same bike he prefers because its "cool" guess which he chose to use) before
bailing, and 5 of the troop made it the whole distance.
They're blaming the bailouts on me, since I could go no further the adults
were kidding me that it might have influenced a few of the kids to give up.
Which is the whole reason I'm bringing up the topic. I seriously doubt any
youth who could go on dropped out, but what are others experiences? If
something happens to a leader (in this case, 1 of 6, so its not like it was
an obvious drop in the size of the group during the four miles #2 made that I
couldn't) do kids tend to see it as an opportunity to cut something short or
will they push themselves to the limit? I tend to believe the latter.
But I also know when I switched the schedule at Philmont after I was kicked
by a horse ("Sorry base camp, our layover day is right here, right now")
adjusting the schedule to allow me to continue made everyone who was
questioning their ability to continue (a couple of father/son combos) push
on. Not having any way to do something similar here except get a ride to the
lunch site with the swag wagon and if my wrist would have bent at that point
I SUPPOSE I could have gone on, but by then I was walking since I couldn't
switch gears with the one hand any longer.
The trail going from granite to sand didn't help me any. And the kids who
stopped riding at lunch had a similar complaint about both steering and
pedaling through sand.
But the question is there: Will the youth in a unit see an adult stopping due
to an injury as a sign they have a chance to drop out, too?