FOR TEENS

BIKING IN TANDEM WITH GOD

LAST SEPTEMBER, MY MOM AND I were a part of a group bike ride called "Climate Ride." A little over a hundred people rode their bikes from New York City to Washington, DC. It was 300 miles, and my mom and I rode it in five days, on a tandem bike for two. When we got to DC, the whole group rallied on the Capitol steps. The purpose of the ride was to bring awareness to climate change, an issue that I'm interested in, so the activity was enjoyable. It was nice that I was able to spend quality time with my mom, and we became very close throughout the ride. And all through the trip we had no injuries—everything went very well.

When I got home, I continued to bike. One day, about a month after our trip, my mom and I were on separate bikes, and as I was "drafting" behind her, my front wheel hit her back wheel and I spun out, falling to the ground. I was banged up and had bad "road rash," scrapes and cuts in several places on my body, and it felt like my wrist was hurt.

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