Cub Scouts Nearly Killed Me!

I love my children with all of my heart, but my son’s scouting trips nearly killed me. I’m about as skilled in the woods as Joan Rivers.

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Seriously, I do ok camping and fishing. I can start a fire, cook some great camping food, assemble a tent, you get the idea. In fact, I love camping. It’s fun. I don’t know what the Cubs Scouts do that turns me into a blubbering moron, but whatever it is, it always worked great on me.

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The first time I went with my son on a scout outing, he called me during the week and told me the scouts and Dads were going to go for a bike ride on Saturday. I was excited. I love my son, it’s fun meeting new people and I love to ride bikes. What could possibly go wrong?

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I lived about an hour away, and when I arrived, everyone was getting ready to ride! Fun! I found my son, got my bike and began listening to the scout master lay out the plans. We would begin in Riverside, California and complete the ride in Huntington Beach. I know! A 50 mile bike ride!

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I realize that 50 miles might be a training ride for a seasoned rider, but for me? It might just as well have been 200 miles. I hadn’t been on a bike in at least 10 years. I determined that if I just took it easy, I should be able to complete the ride.

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We started out, making it to the first rest stop without a hitch. This will be easy, I thought. I made it 32 miles before I determined that if I pushed down on the pedal one more time, I might never walk again. So, the truck that picked up the ashamed took me the rest of the way.

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When we arrived at the beach, my son and his friends were already there, eating hot dogs cooked over a roasting fire. As I watched my kid having so much fun, it occurred to me that I wouldn’t be able to throttle him for neglecting to tell me the tiny detail regarding the length of the ride until we were alone. I’m kidding. I was happy to be a part of it, and it turned out that he was proud of me for making it 32 miles.

There are a couple of other stories about “fun” outings with the scouts that caused me to stop going. I’ll write about those tomorrow. I know that must sound horrible, but you’ll understand when you read about the incidents.

See you tomorrow.

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