We’ve had a few requests for what our general routine looks like while on our bikes. How much time do we spend cycling? When do the kids get a break? While any one day of any trip may look completely different from another, there is a general flow to our schedule. Eden was 3 years old and Harper was 9 to 11 months old on most of our trips this summer, so our routine will probably reform considerably by the time we leave on our year-long journey in May as the kids will be a little older and in different stages. Well — here’s an approximation of what it a typical day on a bike journey usualy looked like for us this past year: …continue reading this post »
Our hotel stay in Manistee was timed well, as little Harper was sick the whole time, making sleep non-existent for most of us during our stay. Wondering if he would recover before we got back on the road, we looked ahead at the map and the amount of kilometres to go before our end destination in Grand Rapids. My goal was to finish with as few nights as possible as the lack of sleep made the days even more difficult. Reuben’s goal was to end strong with some long biking days. We were able to satisfy both goals by finishing our trip a few days earlier than planned, travelling 75 km/day over the last 3 days with only 2 more nights at camp with Harper in the tent. …continue reading this post »
I cherish the special times I get to spend with Eden on this trip. We usually get alone time when Heidi is putting Harper to bed or when she is feeding him in a quiet area. It is a nice coincidence that these times I get with my daughter are during some of the most well-lit moments of the day!
The last few days we have really enjoyed riding along the lakeside. It is amazing how many of the roads we are traveling are named “Lakeshore Drive”! Tomorrow we ride out of Muskegon and head away from the great lake for the first time in a week.
I’ve always hated the expression “sleeping like a baby”. It never made any sense to me. Newborn babies are unpredictable at night, often waking frequently and sometimes just not returning to their slumber. Harper’s been a pretty good sleeper from the start. We’ve had our rough nights and days but overall he sleeps great, especially now that he’s older. He’ll sleep a solid 12 hours at night with 2 good naps in the day – very predictable. The only thing is – he doesn’t sleep well when we’re camping. For our 4 camping trips this summer, he woke at least 4-7 times a night, often needing to nurse in order to go back to sleep. And just because he goes back to sleep, doesn’t mean I can get to sleep easily in a cold tent and unfamiliar place. …continue reading this post »