Thursday, March 15, 2012

Bike Ride with the Kids

This Saturday I was feeling like garbage, Sarah was sleeping (working night shifts) and the kids were driving me nuts so I decided to wear them out instead of them wearing me down.  They decided they wanted to go for a bike ride to McDonald's to get some ice cream and play in the play-land.  Sounded good to me.  I needed to get moving anyway if I stood any chance of feeling better that day.  So I got the kids ready, set up the trailer and an hour later we were on the road.  (I've found that everything takes four times as long to do with young kids.  Our bike ride was no exception either.)

Finally on the road, we set out at a leisurely pace which quickly turned into 14 mph.  Not bad for a seven year-old with 16 inch tires and six gears that she doesn't know how to use.  Actually not at all bad for a nine year-old on a single speed cruiser or a thirty-something dad on a 20 year-old mountain bike hauling a bike trailer with a three year-old, our gear, and Evie's bike.  Yes, I said Evie's bike.  We pulled that out at the top of Two Moon Park and let her run around for a bit.  She hasn't quite figured out the strider yet but she's cute with it anyway.

We took our time and stopped on occasion so the kids could play.  We loaded up on ice cream and stopped at the river on the way home.  Tara was all but swimming in that cold water so I decided it was time to go home before she got too cold and gave up.  I'm not sure what I would have done if she'd given up on the side of the trail (she almost did).  She doesn't fit very in the trailer very well anymore and I'd still have to get her bike back. 

Anyway, we all had fun and racked up 11 miles in the process.  I have bigger and better things in mind for them.  Hopefully we can get up to 20 or 30 miles by this summer.  We're planning a mini summer tour of Northern Idaho!

There are photos and a video on my family blog at

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