Obama family goes on island vacation bike outing

President Barack Obama and the first family took advantage of brilliant New England weather today to go biking on Martha`s Vineyard.

Last Updated: Aug 28, 2010, 00:37 AM IST

West Tisbury (US): President Barack Obama and
the first family took advantage of brilliant New England
weather today to go biking on Martha`s Vineyard.

Under cloudless skies, the first family left their rented
farm compound and motorcaded a short distance to a site near
Martha`s Vineyard Airport. They then got on bikes for a ride
in the Manuel F Correllus State Forest, a 5,100-acre preserve
boasting 25 kilometres of bike trails.

"Hello. How are you?" Obama asked as he rode by a couple
of bystanders, clad in a white polo shirt and beige pants.
Spotting members of his travelling press corps, he then said,
"Hi guys."

He was riding with his eldest daughter, Malia, just
behind first lady Michelle Obama, who was riding alongside
younger daughter Sasha. Everyone wore biking helmets. The
finished a 10-kilometre trip along a trail called the State
Forest Loop before returning to their farm little more than an
hour after they left.

The outing recalled a similar excursion during their trip
to Martha`s Vineyard last year. The family travelled to the
far western end of this island off Cape Cod and rode bikes
before climbing up a cliff side lighthouse in Aquinnah.

The president was the only one not wearing a helmet then,
sparking complaints from bike-safety advocates.

The Obamas end their 10-day vacation on Sunday.

PTI