Sunday November 23, 2014


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Summer bike ride

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As a family we have entered a whole new world, one in which all four of us can ride a two-wheeler bicycle with no training wheels.

It’s such a milestone and such a freedom marker for the family. It amazes me how much of the day my children (ages four and six) spend on their bikes, whizzing up and down the sidewalk playing spies with the neighbour youths. I love it!

So far each child has completely worn out and popped the back tire on their bike, and we’re not even half way through the summer. Thanks to our handy dandy hitch mounted bike rack, we bring our bikes everywhere we travel and we get to explore so many fun places on bikes.

Gradually the boy one has been taking longer and longer bike rides with his dad. The tall one was an avid mountain biker in his glory days, and even now they can be gone for hours.

While traveling up north this summer, I was regaling my children with stories of an epic day trip that our youth group took with our bikes. We headed from our little town of Hepburn all the way to Petrofka (which a place along a river that includes a massive hill down into the valley).

I strapped a pillow to my bike seat to make the hours on the bike a bit more bearable, and feared for my life going down that hill. Before the descent, I tested which was my front brake more than a dozen times, imagining the catastrophe of hitting the wrong brake on such a steep incline.

It was a blast.

By the river we drank fresh water from the underground spring, played Frisbee, and relaxed until it was time to make our way back home.

I think my children would love a biking day trip or afternoon trip. Having a goal to push towards, and packing snacks and lunches for the destination, would be a lot of fun. My children are young, but if we ever want to do a full day bike trip we will have to start conditioning them now with smaller trips.

This is going on the bucket list!

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