Emerald Valley BMX – ReDiscover

Finally, a third attempt to rediscover Emerald Valley BMX race track, Eugene, OR and it was open for business: my first time riding here in 35 years.

Filming my riding experiences has become a bit of an addiction. Cherity asks, “Do you have to film every time you ride?!” Well, yes, I do! I guess, watching the playback has certain satisfaction. Then, adding music and trimming the video to make it flow and appear more dynamic is part of the fun.

Kinda funny ‘cause I thought I was gonna stomp it… but, hit my wall sooner than expected. Quite the workout. Shout out to my Mom for supporting and fueling a love for BMX. For several years, in the early 80’s, racing here on Thursday night and Saturday mornings was a pretty routine thing. The parentals carting me and other kids from Veneta/Noti back and forth to Eugene.

Throw back to 1984. Emerald Valley BMX race track. Riding provided me a sense of autonomy very early on. I can remember sitting on my bike at the corner of our neighborhood and draping the comics section of the newspaper over my handlebars. Something about the bike… Go time!

Now an Olympic sport, BMX seems a lot faster than I remember. Asphalt berms. Super flow. Seems like other O.M. are back in the saddle these days like Kirk Linder who we idolized as one of the cool kids back in the day.

Thanks, Mom! #bmxforlife