Eden with her Nana and Papa right before we depart Brant Conservation Area on our 4-day cycle trip.
A week ago we headed out on our first bicycle tour as a family of four. It was a short one – a simple S24O to Chippewa Creek Conservation Area, about 50km from our house. The weather was beautiful: clear skies and comfortable cycling temperatures — a welcome break from the sweltering heat we have been experiencing for most of July.
An S24O was an obvious choice for our first tour with the four of us. Two days of cycling with only one overnight allowed us to pack relatively light and not worry too much about forgetting anything important. We were able to prep quickly and get out the door easily with little anxiety. I took both of the kids on my bike: Eden rode in her normal spot on the back, and Harper up front where I could keep a good eye on him. We didn’t use a trailer for this trip since we were not worried about inclement weather. Heidi rode light with two panniers full of our food and cooking gear. …continue reading this post »
A little more than two years ago, we started planning for our big cycle trip by facing two big questions: how long should the trip be, and how far could we travel over that time period with two toddlers in tow? Determining duration was actually pretty easy, since the maximum leave of absence allowed at Heidi’s work was one year. With that taken care of, we needed to figure out the distance we could cover in that amount of time. …continue reading this post »
A local neighbourhood association organized a kids bicycle parade this past weekend to celebrate Canada Day. We all met beforehand to decorate the kids bikes with maple leaves and Canadian flags. Everyone wound their way slowly through the neighbourhood dinging their bells and shouting ‘Happy Canada Day!’ to everyone they saw. The weather was fantastic and was made even more enjoyable with the ice freezies served afterward. …continue reading this post »